(Satirical News) UN Officials Urge Yemenis to Don Ariana Grande Fan-Attire to Avert Humanitarian Disaster
With Saudi Arabia's over two-year assault on Yemen having now left over 10,000 dead, 40,000 wounded, 3 million displaced, and 19 million (80% of the population) in need of humanitarian aid, UN officials are urging all Yemenis to immediately purchase and don Ariana Grande T-shirts or other fan wear signifying admiration for Grande's music.12
"Based on political and media responses, a life has no value to the international community unless one is a devoted fan of Ariana Grande," said a spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. "The massacre of innocent Yemenis has been going on for over two years. The single incident in Manchester has garnered more news coverage and international attention in the past two days than the entire Yemeni crisis has since the Saudi-led coalition began its air campaign back in March of 2015."
[Left: The aftermath of the Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the south of the Yemeni capital Sana'a which left 140 people dead.3 Right: Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman Tour promotional image.]
"Unless you're a fan of Grande's brand of pop and R&B which also includes elements of funk, dance, and hip hop, there's not really much the international community can do."
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- 3. Khomami, Nadia. "Airstrikes on Yemen funeral kill at least 140 people, UN official says." The Guardian. 9 Oct. 2016, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/08/saudi-led-coalition-airstr.... Accessed 25 May 2017