“We Lived Days in Hell”: Civilian Perspectives of the Conflict in Yemen

“We lived in Days in Hell” documents patterns of civilian harm in Aden, Hadramout, Mareb, Sana’a, and Taiz governorates, and civilian perceptions of the parties to the conflict. It reflects civilians’ needs and expectations in terms of protection and assistance to rebuild their lives and communities, gaps in training, and concerns about oversight of military and security forces. This report was researched in Aden, Hadramout, Mareb, Sana’a, and Taiz governorates, and draws on first-person stories to reveal civilian perceptions of the northern Houthis, the government of President Abdrabuh Mansoor Hadi in the South, and the Saudi-led coalition which is backing the Hadi government. One of the first comprehensively researched reports of its kind, CIVIC relied on interviews with 166 civilians as well as 55 leaders of armed groups and government, military and security officials, and documented civilian suffering on a massive scale. CIVIC calls on all parties to the conflict to agree to an immediate ceasefire, to take practical steps to minimize civilian harm and assist civilians, and to address the divisions that led to eruption of violence.



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