Urgent briefing on humanitarian disaster in Yemen

Aid and Development Covid19 Crisis in the Middle-East Yemen
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Yemen: Two million under Fives are malnourished[1]

UNICEF says “360,00 children will Die”[2]

 UN Agencies are facing a major funding crisis after donors, including the UK, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have cut their pledges by 50%. The UN’s humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, said unless more money was raised Yemen “will face a horrific outcome at the end of the year”

Save the Children has been forced to cut services for children suffering from severe acute malnutrition to just 20% of its normal levels as funding dies up3.

Severe acute malnutrition, the most extreme form of hunger, is a life-threatening condition requiring urgent treatment.

Malnutrition significantly weakens children’s immune systems, which often means any additional medical complications or infections prove deadly.

27,500 children every month are missing out on the vital treatment they need to keep them alive.

The child on the right was 7 years old when she died.

 

The World Food Program has cut rations in half. The number of people the UN agencies can feed has dropped from 13 million to eight million.

The Saudis recently declared a 2-week unilateral ceasefire, which they extended by a further 4 weeks. Unfortunately, the Houthis rejected this, fired missiles into Saudi Arabia, continued their advance towards the oil rich city of Marib and the laying of landmines.

Now the UK is resuming arms sales to the Saudis, the bombing of civilian areas has resumed, and fighting by all sides has intensified.

Please contact the Foreign Secretary and your local MPs asking them to address this situation. You can use the points in the letter to the Foreign Secretary on this website, but it is more likely to be read if you can put it in your own words.

CONTACT: Paul Tippell, United Nations Association Yemen Campaign Coordinator paul.tippell@caobjects.com   Phone: 07970 868508

[1] https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/07/1068101

[2] https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/07/1068101

3 https://www.savethechildren.org/us/about-us/media-and-news/2020-press-releases/yemen-thousands-malnourished-children-left-without-treatment-since-march

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