In light of the Geneva Talks on Yemen in June 2015, SFY launched the following petition on Avaaz.org:
“Almost 8.6 million people are in urgent need of medical help. WHO was able to dispatch almost 48 tonnes of medicine into the country during the 5-day ceasefire earlier this month, serving some 400 000 people. This is vastly insufficient – and people continue to suffer not only from war-related injuries, but from inability to get basic treatment for the most common health conditions, or get obstetric care during childbirth.”
The humanitarian crisis in Yemen grows more catastrophic each day. Fighting and indiscriminate airstrikes have harmed civilians, medical facilities, and critical infrastructure, disabling the only international airport in the country. These attacks, along with an unwavering blockade, … (read more)
“The Security Council endorsed the Secretary-General’s call for “a further humanitarian pause” in order to allow assistance “to reach the Yemeni people urgently” and called upon all sides to comply with international humanitarian law.
Finally, the UN body stressed the urgent need for ongoing commercial supplies to enter the country because of its “heavy dependence” on imported food and fuel.
As a result of shortages, food prices have skyrocketed and the cost of cooking gas has risen on average 131 per cent since the start of the crisis, according to WFP data.
Yemen, the poorest country in the region, also imports almost 90 per cent of its food from abroad.”
Read more: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=51038#.VW6qxMkYtjc