WHO, WFP and UNICEF Plead for End of War on Ye­men

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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.

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