This campaign is a plea for the conflict and people of Yemen not to be forgotten. The world is now facing a global crisis with COVID-19, which needs the attention of Governments and people worldwide. But now more than ever, and because the conflict risks the spread of COVID-19, the conflict must not be forgotten.
A country already suffering extreme poverty is being pushed further towards its limits – by a conflict fuelled, in part, by UK-made weapons. Oxfam is there helping people to buy food, access clean water, and avoid the spread of disease.
Around half the population are on the brink of famine – sources of food have been destroyed, food aid and commercial imports are being blocked.
People are suffering from illness and children are not going to school – more than 580,000 households don’t have full access to health centres or to schools, which have been damaged in the fighting.
People are dying – UN estimates 500,000 may die if fighting lasts until 2022, including 300,000 from hunger/lack of healthcare
Since 2015, due to conflict, imports have been blocked. Nearly 10 million people are on the brink of famine. That’s over half the population of Yemen.
Only 50% of health centers in Yemen are functioning, and even those that are open are facing severe shortages of medicines, equipment and staff. And around 17 million people – more than half the population – have no access to clean water, making disease prevention almost impossible.
The COVID-19 pandemic poses a new challenge to the country as borders are tightened and flights into and out of the country have been stopped, restricting movement for some aid workers responding to the humanitarian crisis.
There are restrictions on humanitarian aid. Oxfam is doing everything possible to help people get the food and clean water they need to survive. But that isn’t enough – Yemeni people must be able to rebuild their lives and live without the fear and devastation caused by war.
What Yemen needs now is peace. It has been 15 months since the Stockholm ceasefire agreement. It’s time parties return to peace talks. And it is time for the UK Government to take positive and decisive action to end this tragedy.
It’s about time the people of Yemen see a future without war. #YemenCantWait