‘Climate Wars – Yemen’ with Thomas Friedman

Wow. As we touch down, I’m shocked that a city this big could really be running out of water. First, I meet with the leaders of al-Marzouh to understand how the conflict became so violent. Thirteen years ago this conflict started. Next, I meet the leaders of Qaradh. What he’s saying is that the people were living for hundreds of years without any conflict. It's only recently because too many people and too little amount of water. How old was he? Twenty-two years. Oh my gosh, I’m sorry. Well, this is Mohamed Qaid who is from Qaradh. He was hit with three bullets maybe three, four days ago. There is no politics or anything, just for the water. That’s what he’s saying. We need to let him rest. Thank you very much, feel better. In America, when we think about the roots of violence, we think about struggles for money and power or clashes over religion and ideology. But to me there is something uniquely terrifying about people killing each other over something as fundamental as water. Yemen’s president invites me to meet with him.

What is the biggest water challenge Yemen faces today? Could Yemen run out of water?.