Militants today attacked home of Nobel peace laureate Tawakkol Karman
(Ottawa—September 21, 2014).
The Nobel Women’s Initiative is standing in solidarity with Nobel peace laureate Tawakkol Karman and the people of Yemen. This afternoon, 12 militants reportedly entered Nobel peace laureate Tawakkol Karman’s home by force and while Ms. Karman and her family are reported to be safe – they are deeply concerned about the fragile peace in their country. Violence yet again has erupted in Yemen’s capital city of Sanaa just as an UN-brokered peace deal between Houthi rebels and the Yemen government was reached.
New media and activists in the city are reporting that the airport and other government and military buildings and installations are under attack—including a state radio and TV station.
The deal reached this weekend between Houthi rebels and the Yemen government calls for the current government to rule as an interim measure until a new administration is formed next month. In the meantime, the Prime Minister of Yemen today resigned.
The Nobel Women’s Initiative is calling for both sides of the conflict to respect the new peace deal, and to choose the path of nonviolence and dialogue over violence.