Still Praying For Safety After Two Years Of War In Yemen, UN Police Officer Who Served In Liberia Explain His Story

A Yemeni man walks past a destroyed school building on March 16, 2017, that was damaged in an air strike in the southern Yemeni city of Taez.
The conflict in Yemen, which escalated with the intervention of the Saudi-led coalition two years ago, has more than doubled the number of children deprived of schooling to some 3.5 million, threatening the future of a whole generation in the impoverished country. / AFP PHOTO / Ahmad AL-BASHA (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-BASHA/AFP/Getty Images)

In Liberia, I used to work alongside a UN Police Officer from Yemen. Ali and I became friends over our coffee breaks, when he would tell me colourful stories about the beauty of his country. One day, I would have to come visit, he insisted.

After more than a year of training and building the capacity of the Liberia National Police, Ali’s deployment with UN Peacekeeping was coming to an end. I remember the joy in his eyes when he spoke of returning home to see his wife and children again.

That joy turned into fear when he got word of fighting back home, and the closure of Yemen’s main airport left him stranded. He couldn’t get back into Sana’a, and the risk of flying into a neighbouring country (if they would even accept him) and crossing by land was too dangerous, he said. And so Ali waited desperately in Liberia.

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Source: News Now/Huffington Post Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.