Famine in Yemen Leaves 14 million People On Death Row, According to Charities
On Wednesday, thirty-five Yemeni and international NGOs called an “immediate cessation of hostilities” in Yemen. The charities warned that currently more than 14 million people are “on the brink of famine”.
According to a statement, the appeal was jointly signed by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), CARE International, Action Against Hunger, Oxfam, Doctors of the World, and Yemeni organisations.
“With 14 million men, women and children on the brink of famine — half the country´s population — there has never been a more urgent time to act,” the statement read.
The statement has called on governments to secure an immediate cessation of hostilities and halt the supply of weapons at risk of being used in Yemen.
Since 2015, Yemen – the most impoverished country in the world – has been wrapped in war has been gripped by war since 2015, when a regional military detonation led by Saudi Arabia joined the government’s war against the Houthi rebels.
“The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is man-made and a direct consequence of the warring parties´ severe restrictions on access to food, fuel, medical imports and humanitarian aid,” the statement added.
“The collapse of the Yemeni rial and the non-payment of public sector workers is adding to the catastrophe. We call on governments to redouble their efforts to guarantee unimpeded access to essential items… including through the lifeline port of Hodeidah, where civilians have been caught in renewed fighting over the past few days,” it further added.
Meanwhile, the pro-government forces struck even closer to the heart of Hodeida, the Red Sea city which is oppressed by the Houthi rebels on Wednesday. The group is now under blockade made by Saudi Arabia and its allies.
Although international aid groups have requested the alliance and the rebels to cease the fight until civilians escape populated city of over 600,000 people.
Around 10,000 Yemenis have been murdered since 2015, by getting dragged into the fight, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).