WHO, WFP and UNICEF Plead for End of War on Yemen
The Director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Executive Director David Beasley of the UN'S World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF'S Executive Director Anthony Lake have issued a joint appeal for an end to the war against the people of Yemen. The senseless U.S., UK, Israel & Saudi war on the people of Yemen passed its 1,000 day mark on December 29th and has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world – a crisis which has engulfed the entire country. Some 75% of Yemen’s population are in need of humanitarian assistance, including 11.3 million children who cannot survive without it. At least 60% of Yemenis are now food insecure and 16 million people do not have access to safe water and proper sanitation. Many more lack access to basic health services. Less than half of Yemen’s health facilities are fully functional and medical staff have gone months without being paid their salaries. "This horrific tally of the conflict’s devastation reflects only what we know. In reality, the situation is likely to be worse. UN agencies do not have full humanitarian access to some of the hardest hit communities. In many, we cannot even assess their needs. But this we do know: Yemen has passed the tipping point into a rapid decline from crisis to deepening catastrophe.
If we cannot gain greater access and the violence does not subside, the cost in lives will be incalculable. That is why we once again appeal to parties to the conflict to immediately allow full humanitarian access in Yemen and to stop the fighting.
Yemen’s families should not have to withstand another day of war, let alone another 1,000.”
Far too many hospitals are short of fuel for the generators that allow them to stay open. Water pumping stations serving over 3 million people are quickly running out of the fuel they need to operate, while the price of commercially trucked water has increased up to six-fold. Safe water is now completely unaffordable for more than two thirds of Yemenis living in extreme poverty. All of this threatens to undermine efforts to contain the ongoing, deadly outbreaks of diphtheria, cholera and acute watery diarrhea.
Trump recently slashed U.S. funding to the UN.