Yemen Genocide: 14 Million ’On Brink of Famine’
Thirty-five Yemeni and international NGOs called Wednesday for an "immediate cessation of hostilities" in Yemen, where they warned 14 million people were now "on the brink of famine".
The joint appeal was signed by the International Federation for Human Rights [FIDH], Action Against Hunger, CARE International, Oxfam, Doctors of the World, and Yemeni organizations, according to a statement.
"With 14 million men, women and children on the brink of famine - half the country's population - there has never been a more urgent time to act," the statement warned.
It called on governments to "secure an immediate cessation of hostilities" and "suspend the supply of arms at risk of being used in Yemen".
Yemen has been under a brutal Saudi-led military campaign since 2015.
"The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is manmade and a direct consequence of the warring parties' severe restrictions on access to food, fuel, medical imports and humanitarian aid," the statement added.
"The collapse of the Yemeni rial and the non-payment of public sector workers is adding to the catastrophe.”
"We call on governments to redouble their efforts to guarantee unimpeded access to essential items ... including through the lifeline port of al-Hudaydah, where civilians have been caught in renewed fighting over the past few days."
Nearly 10,000 Yemenis have lost their lives in the conflict since 2015, according to the World Health Organization.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team