We call on the States in the Security Council of the United Nations to act to:
– Stop all fighting and specially air strikes against Yemen,
– Lift the air, land and naval blockades,
– Supply critically needed humanitarian aid, and
– Bring all parties to the negotiating table.
From the end of March, 2015 until now, Yemen has been under a blockade. The country’s infrastructure (airports, roads, bridges) have been destroyed by two months of continuous bombing by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia. Yemen is the poorest country in the Middle East and as 90% of the country’s food is imported, the air, land and naval blockade has caused a severe shortage of food, medicine and fuel. Due to the lack of medicine and fuel, hospitals cannot operate properly. The rare food stocks available cannot be distributed around the country due to damage to the main roads and airports. Clean water is no longer available for most of the Yemenis. According to UN and NGO experts, the humanitarian crisis in the country threatens the lives of more than 10 millions children, women and men in Yemen.
Dominique Burgeon, an FAO expert, said that “between 14 and 15 million people are now food insecure or, of a total of 26 million people in Yemen, half of them severely insecure”. He added that “trade and importation should restart.”
Stopping the war and providing assistance to Yemeni citizens is urgently needed in order to avoid an unprecedented humanitarian disaster. The silence of the international community in the face of such a catastrophe must be broken. A large mobilization of international support is needed for the survival of the Yemeni people.
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