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Laila Al-Thor is a Yemeni activist and mediator who is an adviser to the UN envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, on the detainee file. She is also assistant secretary-general and head of the Political Bureau and Relations of the Arab Hope Party, formerly called the Arab Spring Party. She also leads the Sam for Peace and Human Rights Initiative and is deputy chairman of the Yemeni Youth Peace Coalition. She is based in Cairo.

  •  June 1, 2021 
CAIRO — “They dug a hole in the ground, threw us in and shot at us randomly. I only survived because a body laid on top of me. Al Qaeda has my friends — please help me save them.” With those words, 13-year-old Adel barged into my office in Sana, Yemen, in 2015, and …

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