The Saudi government that brutally murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has sent troops - with its ally the UAE - to destroy my country, said the Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights activist Tawakkol Karman.
In an article published in The Washington Post, Mrs. Karman mentioned that the Saudi-led military coalition has targeted wedding and funeral halls, markets, residential neighborhoods, infrastructure and even archaeological sites, some dating back 4,000 years.
She noted that more than 60,000 people have died in the conflict, and more than 3 million have been displaced, stressing that Saudi Arabia has used aid, arms transactions and oil money to silence the world from effectively pursuing killers and Jamal and Yemenis.
Mrs. Karman also talked about her last meeting with Jamal Khashoggi two months before his murder, explaining that she agreed with him to make a joint effort to stop the war under the slogan "Stop the war, stop the coup, stop the hunger."
"I will not forget his words to me that day when he told me: " I will help you with all I can, if not for Yemen, then for my country, Saudi Arabia, which has lost so much because of the war economically and morally."
Kerman pointed out that Jamal’s tragic, horrifying murder has contributed to a global awakening against Saudi abuses in the region and expanded the scope of the antiwar movement in Yemen and beyond.
"While the war in Yemen and the killing of Jamal appear to be separate issues, the recklessness and cruelty of the leader behind all these atrocities have made them inextricably linked," Karman continued.
Karman stressed that the prosecution of those involved in war crimes and violations in Yemen would add further impetus to the trial and punishment of Jamal’s assassins, pointing out that Saudi atrocities in the Middle East are myriad and that real justice should involve justice for all its victims.