In March 2015, a Saudi Arabian led coalition supported by Western governments began a heavy and prolonged air bombing campaign against Yemen after Houthi rebels forces removed the internationally recognised government in late 2014.
According to the UN, the war has killed at least two hundred and thirty thousand people and estimated that almost four million people had fled their homes due to conflict.
The coalition has blockaded critical imports into Red Sea ports that serve much of northern Yemen. Food is often prohibitively expensive due to port restrictions.
With ever-shifting frontlines between the Yemeni government and Houthi forces and the presence of Al-Qaeda and ISIS in Yemen today, the widespread fighting has severely obstructed humanitarian aid distribution. The now-deadly threat of famine looks likely in the more rural areas of northwest Yemen.
Yemen; conflict + chaos portrays a country fractured by war and tribal division, where the civilian population exists chained to an eternal struggle and trapped in a haunted present.
Giles Clarke is a New York City based photojournalist who focuses on capturing the human face of conflicts worldwide.
Clarke began his career as a black-and-white printer in London and New York. During the mid-1990s, he worked in the Richard Avedon darkroom in New York on now-iconic fashion campaigns.
Since 2016, Clarke has raised awareness of people living in war-torn Yemen and the troubled Sahel region of Africa.
Clarke’s work has been featured by the United Nations (OCHA), Amnesty International and the National Press Photographers Association. It has been published by the New York Times, the Guardian and TIME and others.
Clarke’s work in Yemen earned him a coveted Lucie statue (2017), and the WARS Photojournalism Award (2021).
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