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These Hands Reach Out: Abdi Ismail Isse MC/MPA 2017 has devoted his career to helping those affected by conflict

Winter 2018

By Chris Kraul

Winter 2018

ABDI ISMAIL ISSE MC/MPA 2017 counted 21 air strikes that night in July. The bombs, landing near his Red Cross office in Saada, in northern Yemen, caused every wall and window to shake.

“We had Red Cross flags on the roof to minimize the possibility of a mistake and no one in our office was hurt,” Ismail Isse said. “But there were airplanes hovering overhead and you held your breath because at any moment a bomb or missile could land.”

Others weren’t so lucky: dozens of civilians, including many children, were killed in and around Saada during the bombing campaign that became another gruesome chapter in a civil war that has raged since 2015. Ismail Isse was in Yemen to direct delivery of humanitarian aid in the war-ravaged country where basic public services, including health care, drinking water, and food have collapsed due to the conflict.

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For Academic Citation:These Hands Reach Out: Abdi Ismail Isse MC/MPA 2017 has devoted his career to helping those affected by conflict.” News, Harvard Kennedy School Magazine, Winter 2018.