On 11 April, Marwa Baabbad, Yemen Project Manager for ORG’s Strategic Peacebuilding Programme, joined an expert panel at the Royal United Services Institute in London to examine the challenges facing social cohesion in Yemen. Entitled “The Pathway to Stabilisation in Yemen”, the panel discussed the current situation in Yemen, the underlying causes of social fragmentation, and what role the international community should play in stabilising the country.  

Marwa’s presentation focused on the links between historical issues of social fragmentation such as centralisation, regionalism, and social classes and race, and how these causes of social fragmentation were exacerbated by the economic hardships families are facing, forced and voluntary migration  from rural to urban areas, internal displacement, and other continuances of the conflict.

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