Yemen: Sea of Tears

Channel 4

Unreported World

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Reporter Aidan Hartley and Director Edward Watts reveal an unseen human catastrophe unfolding in Yemen as thousands of desperate refugees fleeing the chaos and carnage in the Horn of Africa suffer terrible ill-treatment as they cross the Gulf of Aden on their way to the Promised Land of Arabia.

The team follows the route taken by the migrants as they attempt to get through the “Empty Quarter” where Hartley and Watts find dozens of groups of men walking through one of the world’s harshest environments, with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.

"If we do indeed belong to a global community, this unassuming half-hour programme is worth more than all the rest of the week's television put together"
- The Times

"Another excellently executed example of the dire situations faced by a staggering proportion of the world's population brought to light by the Unreported World team"
- Observer

First Broadcast

December 12, 2008



Producer Director

Edward Watts


Aidan Hartley

Executive Producer

Eamonn Matthews


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