Stop Starving Yemen

 

More than five years of conflict have plunged Yemen into the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Widespread fighting has killed thousands of innocent civilians and forced millions to flee their homes; however, it’s food that has become the deadliest weapon of war for the people of Yemen.

 

Ten million people – a third of the country’s population – are just one step away from famine, and more than 350,000 children under the age of five are severely malnourished.

 

Right now, more than 24 million women, men and children need humanitarian assistance, with almost 20 million of them relying on food aid just to survive.

 

Over eight million Yemenis do not know where their next meal will come from and 14 million people are on the brink of famine. People are already dying from malnutrition.

 

Very little food is produced in Yemen and people depend on imports. Warring parties have intentionally blocked food, fuel and essential aid from entering the country and restrictions have been placed on private importers of food and fuel, pushing prices even higher.

 

At the same time, the economy is collapsing, and people are losing their jobs, income and ability to provide for their families. Airstrikes and fighting across the country have wiped-out farms and factories, destroying both sources of food and people’s livelihoods.

 

If people can no longer afford food and if life-saving aid cannot reach them, they will not survive.

What can be done to help end this crisis?

The people of Yemen are not starving, they are being starved. This crisis is entirely manmade and all parties to the conflict can resolve it.

 

Our government must show leadership and use their influence within the international community to call for an end to the blockade and unimpeded access for imports of life-saving aid, including food as well as immediate and lasting peace for the people of Yemen.

Will you take action?

With 10 million people – a third of Yemen’s population – just one step away from famine, and 350,000 babies and small children suffering from severe malnourishment, there has never been a more urgent time to act.

 

Will you take action now and demand that all parties to the conflict stop starving Yemen?

 

Our leaders have condemned the attacks on innocent Yemenis, but they need to shout louder and demand that food is no longer used as a weapon of war.

The people of Yemen

Ahmed’s* daughter, pictured, and her siblings were forced to flee their home in Yemen due to conflict. They now live with a host community in the village of Albedah, where Ahmed, who had to leave his job and steady income behind, struggles to make money to feed his family.

 

Ahmed’s family is not alone. Over four million people have been forced to leave their homes due to the conflict. But that’s not all. As the war rages on in Yemen – a country which imports most of its food – desperately needed supplies are being blocked from entering its ports. 

 

Responding to emergencies

Photo: Sami M Jassar/Oxfam

As conflict escalates in Yemen, cholera and hunger are tightening their grip. Ten million Yemenis are on the brink of famine and more than 860,000 people are thought to have contracted cholera in 2019 alone. We are stepping up our work in Yemen to help families in desperate need. Since the beginning of the conflict, our teams have reached more than three million people with much-needed clean water, cash assistance and food vouchers. By donating you'll be supporting the work done by Oxfam, and helping women, children and men facing unimaginable crisis in Yemen and around the world.

 

Image (right): Children collect water from one of the points installed by Oxfam in the Amran governorate in Yemen. 

Yemen appeal

As conflict escalates in Yemen, cholera and hunger are tightening their grip. Twenty million people are relying on food aid just to get by while more than two million people are thought to have contracted cholera over the past three years. We are stepping up our work in Yemen to help families in desperate need. Since the beginning of the conflict, our teams have reached more than three million people with much-needed clean water, cash assistance and food vouchers. By donating you'll be supporting the work done by Oxfam, and helping women, children and men facing unimaginable crisis in Yemen and around the world.