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The shocking human cost of Yemen's Civil War.


Fergal Keane reports on one of the Arab world's poorest


countries, where 7 million people are facing famine.


There are several causes of this war - a battle between regional powers,


But there's only one consequence - death and destruction


John Maguire catches up with the first woman to fly


across the English Channel on a paramotor.


Once the cliffs get bigger and bigger and bigger,


We start with powerful new evidence that the suffering in Yemen,


one of the Arab world's poorest countries, where the Civil War


is having devastating human consequences.


More than 7000 people have been killed in the fighting,


the majority in air strikes by Saudi-led forces.


3 million people have been forced to flee their homes and,


according to the UN, an estimated 14 million are at risk


of hunger and half of them are on the brink of famine.


Fergal Keane, producer Kate Benyon-Tinker and cameraman


Robert McGee have travelled to one of the worst-affected areas.


Their report contains some distressing images.


All the living have fled along roads where death can descend at any time,


This is the story of a journey into a people's tragedy that


will reveal images of child suffering that are not easy to look


at but without which we cannot comprehend the cost of this war.


She has been fighting to survive since the day she was born.


10,000 children have died from preventable diseases.


This baby, nine months old, is one of the few who make it to hospital.


Half the health facilities no longer function.


TRANSLATION: We have few resources and that limits


We hope we will get support from international aid


Child malnutrition has jumped 200% in two years.


Before the war, Yemen imported 90% of staple food but the supply


God will punish the bombers, this man says.


The bridge was hit just two weeks ago.


Civilians and food trucks use the same roads as soldiers.


In the rural areas, they are furthest from aid,


In this village, medics from Save The Children battle to help.


In another, people brought their sick infants to us.


The old man and his hungry grandchildren.


This baby is nine months old, sick with liver problems


He died of malnutrition five months ago.


Their mother has no money for medicine.


What do you want to happen for this child?


Coalition bombing and import restrictions devastate the economy.


The rebels frequently delay aid getting through because they seek


And just half the international funding promised has been delivered.


This is a crisis that we just don't recognise and it will come back


to haunt us because the consequences of our indifference,


the consequences of what we are not doing here will play back at us.


But at the same time, we are trying to grasp sand


because we can't deal with what's going on here because


the numbers are so massive, the pressures are so great


It all leads back inevitably to this - to this baby, 21 days old.


His twin brother died soon after he was born.


He seems impossibly fragile but fights to live.


There are several causes of this war - a battle between regional powers,


But there's only one consequence - death and the destruction


And an image like that, no matter how many wars you've covered,


This girl is three, with energy only for that most universal


This is what it means to be forgotten by the world.


One woman, 7000 kilometres, 11 countries, all by paramotor.


It's been quite a journey for conservationist Sacha Dench,


who's become the first woman to complete the epic journey.


It's all part of her daring bid to track the migration of Bewick's


John Maguire has been following her journey and he caught


up with her as she crossed the English Channel and touched down


For Sacha Dench, the human swan, crossing the English Channel


will mean her expedition is almost over but this is her most


For the past three months, her expedition has followed


the migratory route of the Bewick's swans from their breeding


ground in northern Russia to their winter home on the banks


of the River Severn at the Wildfowl Wetlands Trust


Her mission has been to find out why their numbers have declined


dramatically over recent years and to educate people


along the swans' flyway, to persuade them not


But now, the only consideration is getting safely from Calais to Dover.


I expect it's going to look quite daunting because, there,


you're at the midpoint where there is absolutely no chance


So it might be slightly different up there and we won't know


exactly what the conditions are like until we are


The Flight of the Swans expedition hasn't been without its setbacks.


Sacha injured her knee so had to adapt her paramotor.


She now flies a trike rather than on foot.


So, after 7000 kilometres, several weeks flying all the way


down from northern Russia, this is the very last


Perhaps though the biggest, of course, crossing the Channel -


a huge expanse of water, the busiest shipping


Perhaps the final challenge for this expedition.


Microlight pilot and instructor Rob Keane explained why


this leg of the journey, although just 20 miles


All pilots really have a fear of going across a long


bit of water because, if they go in the water in December,


you haven't got long before you need to be rescued because you'll


certainly suffer from major hyperthermia very quickly


We leave the safety of France, the solid ground, and head


As we climb above 2500 feet, the white cliffs, tinted golden


by the early morning sun, seem enticingly close


After around 40 minutes, the cliffs are no longer ahead,


The first woman to cross the Channel in a paramotor, Sacha is back home.


Nerve-wracking in the middle of it where you know that the water


Once the cliffs get bigger and bigger and bigger,


The number of Bewick's making this perilous,


annual odyssey has fallen from 29,000 to around


The achievement has been made possible because of all


of the professionalism, the teamwork and modern technology.


The swans, of course, just have instinct to rely upon.


To be able to add a first-person or a first-swan view


By tracking the swans with radio collars and flying as they do,


the expedition's already learned so much about the threats they face.


The human swan has done her bit to protect her feathered friends.


And that's all from Reporters for this week.


From me, Tim Willcox, and the whole team here in London, bye-bye.


Rain is setting to spoil the day across England and Wales. Better


conditions for Northern Ireland and Scotland where we have


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