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"I Believe in Humanity" Melissa Fleming (UN) interviews Jean-Nicolas Beuze (Representative of UNHCR in Yemen) - Awake at Night: S3-Episode18
25 Feb 2021 -  "[In Yemen] the situation is quite desperate. We have probably two thirds of the population which relies on our humanitarian assistance for their daily survival. We have half of the health facilities that have been destroyed by five years of the conflict. We have one person out of eight which has been displaced by the conflict. And the result of all that -- on top of the coronavirus, which is not even the main concern in terms of communicable disease, because we have cholera, we have malaria, we have chikungunya, we have dengue fever."

In this episode of Awake at Night, Jean-Nicolas Beuze, Representative of the UN Refugee Agency in Yemen, speaks with Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, about the disparity between the Western world's outlook and the harsh realities most of the Yemeni people face “The Western world worries about the Coronavirus. Yemen cannot even afford to worry about it because we have [several grave communicable diseases] plus, there is a famine.”

In a deeply personal interview about his career helping refugees and victims of torture, he describes being driven by the “denial of their human rights” and that “injustice was something I could not accept”. He also reveals fearing for the first time for his own loved ones who face the dangers of COVID-19 back home.

Screen-shot photo credit: ©UNHCR/David Azia