An ‘Evening for the People of Yemen’ will feature performances by artists Hadi and Mohamed Eldebek, playwright Karen Malpede and actress Kathleen Chalfant, as well as a conversation with political analyst Ibraham Qatabi
Brooklyn For Peace is presenting an Evening for the People of Yemen, a night of drama, music and discussion revolving around the humanitarian and political crisis currently unfolding in Yemen. The event will take place on Thursday, January 25 at the Commons, and features a play by renown playwright Karen Malpede, live music by Hadi and Mohamad Eldebek and presentations by political analyst Ibraham Qatabi and Sherine Tadros, director of Amnesty International.
Playwright Karen Malpede, is an American author and director whose work reflects an ongoing interest in social justice issues. During Evening for the People of Yemen, Tony-nominated actor Kathleen Chalfant will perform Malpede’s playlet Dinner During Yemen.
Attendees can also enjoy Arabic music from the region performed by oudist Hadi and percussionist Mohamad Eldebek, two NYC-based musicians, educators and cultural entrepreneurs from Lebanon. Together they have brought their music and culture to venues worldwide, including the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, Symphony Space, Metropolitan Museum of Arts, Shanghai Concert Hall, Beirut Bobo, among others.
Speakers Ibraham Qatabi and Sherine Tadros will discuss the humanitarian situation of Yemen. In his presentation, Yemeni American political analyst and human rights advocate Qatabi will highlight the background of the war in Yemen with a focus on the U.S. role that prolongs the war and threatens to expand it. Sherine Tadros, former award-winning Middle East correspondent and now director of Amnesty International NewYork, will detail the humanitarian crisis created by the war, followed by a Q&A.
“We are holding this Yemen event because Americans have a responsibility to oppose their government’s support for the war against Yemen,” said Charlotte Phillips, M.D., chair of Brooklyn For Peace. “Our defense industry, selling hundreds of millions of dollars of weapons and munitions to Saudi Arabia, is reaping huge profits. But people in Yemen are paying with their lives and well-being.”
One of the poorest countries on earth, Yemen has long suffered from wars and destabilization. In 2015, a war broke out when Houthi rebels took over the government. Saudi Arabia began bombing the country, as they saw in the Houthis an ally of their enemy, Iran. According to Brooklyn for Peace, the Saudi air strikes have killed more than 10,000 civilians. The war has left the country on the brink of famine; fighting a cholera epidemic affecting more than a million people, and struggling to treat those affected by disease and hunger as the Saudis have imposed blockades, keeping food and medicine from reaching the country.
The event is free and open to the public. Brooklyn For Peace asks for contributions to benefit the people of Yemen; all proceeds collected will be directed to Action Against Hunger, a humanitarian relief organization that acts to provide food and clean water in areas around the world that are suffering from wars and the devastation that follows.
Evening for the People of Yemen
When: Thursday, January 25, 7:00 pm
Where: The Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217