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To: President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate

Stop the violence in Yemen

We urge President Obama and Congress to heed Oxfam’s call to push for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Yemen, to ensure access to essential food, fuel and medical supplies by re-opening air and sea routes, and to end the flow of arms to all sides of the conflict.

Why is this important?

Escalating conflict in Yemen is making a dire humanitarian situation worse. We must do all we can to push for a permanent and immediate ceasefire.

Before the current conflict, Yemen was already the poorest country in the Middle East. Over 10 million people were going hungry, including 1 million acutely malnourished children. This number has increased by nearly 2 million since the conflict began. [1]

There was a moment of hope when an announcement came that airstrikes would stop but they have since resumed.

Violence has damaged homes, schools and even hospitals. Over 400 civilians have lost their lives and over 150,000 people have been displaced.

Food and diesel, which is needed to pump clean water, are increasingly in short supply and their prices are rising – putting these basic necessities out of reach for ordinary families. And at a time when people desperately need them, vital supplies can't enter the country. That could prove disastrous, because Yemen relies on imports for 90 per cent of its food.

Escalating violence is making an already dire humanitarian situation much worse. The conflict must stop.

It is critical that the US government pushes for an immediate and permanent ceasefire, so that vital humanitarian assistance can be delivered to people in Yemen. We must do all we can to prevent any further suffering to those who already desperately need help.

1. Oxfam, “Stop the violence in Yemen,”



2020-06-29 16:53:52 -0400

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