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YMER

Yemeni Media Emergency Response

Developing humanitarian information in Yemen

Calendrier : October 2018 – September 2019 / Budget global : €130,000


Yemen is now facing a serious humanitarian crisis: two thirds of the population are in need of aid, half of whom are in a state of extreme emergency. In response to this situation, CFI has undertaken to work alongside Yemeni journalists in order to facilitate the flow of humanitarian information.

Ten Yemeni journalists were selected in November 2018 to participate in the YMER (Yemeni Media Emergency Response) project. They were trained in Jordan in how to lead sessions focused on the gathering and production of humanitarian information in Yemen. At the end of this first workshop, six journalist-trainers were in turn able to lead workshops in Sana’a, Aden, Taïz and Hajjah.

40 Yemeni journalists trained

With several hundred applications received, these first training courses, organised at the premises of the project’s Yemeni NGO partners, have sparked genuine interest. They each brought together ten participants, a total of forty journalists.

YMER has participated in the establishment of a solid network of a hundred journalists trained in the journalistic handling of humanitarian information and capable of producing reliable and up-to-date content in relation to the humanitarian situation in the country.

“The training has provided us with in-depth knowledge and practical tools for reporting and broadcasting humanitarian narratives”. Badi Sultan, a Yemeni journalist who attended a training session in Aden

Covering the peace talks in Stockholm

Furthermore, among the Yemeni journalists trained by CFI, twelve of them travelled to Stockholm (Sweden) in December 2018 to cover the peace talks under the aegis of the UN, in the same capacity as their colleagues from the international press. They produced articles, reports and interviews for their media organisations in Yemen, which were also disseminated on social networks, in particular on the dedicated Facebookpage Yemen Peace Talks Newsroom.

Photo gallery

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    Training course for Yemeni journalists – November 2018

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    Training course for Yemeni journalists – November 2018

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    The 12 Yemeni journalists’ newsroom in Stockholm (Sweden) - December 2018

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    Interview with Hervé Verhoosel, spokesman for the World Food Programme, to announce the increase in aid to Yemen.

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    Representatives from both camps in the YMER newsroom, the Houthi insurgency and the Yemeni government, were in Sweden for peace negotiations. Despite a symbolic image, the outcome of the conflict remains uncertain.

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    Independent Yemeni journalists, having covered the peace talks in Stockholm in December 2018.

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    A meeting with the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs and the presentation of the YMER project.

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    A meeting with the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs and the presentation of the YMER project.

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    Mr. Christian Testot, the French ambassador to Yemen, is interviewed by journalists in the YMER newsroom.

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    Interview with one of the YMER participants by a journalist from the Chinese media organisation CCTV.

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    12 independent Yemeni journalists covered the peace talks in Stockholm in December 2018

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    Interview with one of the YMER participants by a journalist from Wall Street Journal

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