Activist Groups Launch to Rescue Americans

They also filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government for its failure to rescue American citizens.

Bay Area resident Mokhtar Alkhanshali made a harrowing escape from the war-torn country.

Although the violence in Yemen has rapidly escalated in the past several months as Houthi rebels battle for control of the government and a Saudi Arabia-led coalition of Arab governments bombard the country with airstrikes, the U.S. State Department announced that it does not currently have any evacuations plans in place for Americans trapped in the embattled country. In reponse, three activist groups—the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee , Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the Asian Americans Advancing Justice Asian Law Caucus—launched a site to aid those Americans who are looking for a way out. The site, called StuckInYemen, features a form where American citizens can report themselves and recieve assistance for evacuation. Already, more than 200 entries have been made.

“All citizens are entitled to protection from their government. The United States government has an obligation to protect their citizens in foreign nations,” the site says on its homepage. “This is one of the fundamental reasons for the existence of U.S. consultates and embassies in foreign nations. Unfortunately, the United States government and embassies abandoned Yemeni Americans in February 2015.”

One Arab-American has already been killed in the violence—Jamal al-Labani, from Oakland, CA, was the first American casualty. Another Bay Area man, however, was able to escape the violence on his own, although he almost lost his life doing so.

"We're hearing from people that are stuck all over the country," said Zahra Billoo, executive director of the Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, to NPR. "We imagine there are many more people who don't know about it or haven't Internet access to be able to enter their information.”

Today, the triad of activist groups also announced at a press conference that it will be suing the U.S. government for its failure to assist those stuck in Yemen. They hope the lawsuit will provoke the U.S. to action.

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"A lot of people don't pay attention to their dreams and are unaware of the impact they have on their state of mind," said Dylan Selterman, psychology lecturer at the University of Maryland, says according to The Huffington Post. "Now we have evidence that there is this association."

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"At Next Thursday's debate, one of the candidates has to say, 'The problem with our healthcare system is Americans eat shit and too much of it.' All the candidates will mention their health plans but no one will bring up the key factor: the citizens don't lift a finger to help," Maher said sternly.

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The kit is marketed as "the first ever at home kit for commercial use," according to the company's website. "Your experience. Your kit. Your story. Your life. Your choice. Every survivor has a story, every survivor has a voice." Customers will soon be able order one of the DIY kits in order to collect evidence "within the confines of the survivor's chosen place of safety" after an assault.

"With MeToo Kit, we are able to collect DNA samples and other tissues, which upon testing can provide the necessary time-sensitive evidence required in a court of law to identify a sexual predator's involvement with sexual assault," according to the website.

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