Time is running out to pay attention to the crisis in the Yemen

Article by Yemeni journalist Rafat Al-Akhali for NewStateman

The West must turn to the world's "forgotten crisis" - before it becomes too big to forget.

The horrifying images of starving children, women, and men coming out of Yemen tell a story to the world that we Yemenis have known for a while: the country is sliding into a wide-scale famine while all sides of the conflict turn a blind eye to the suffering of millions of innocent civilians.

While an alliance of the Houthi rebel movement and the ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh continues to persecute their opponents in the areas they control, and besiege and shell Taiz, the country’s third-largest city, in an effort to consolidate their control over the central part of Yemen, the Saudi-led coalition besieges most of the country and indiscriminately targets civilian areas and infrastructure. The worst single incident took place earlier this month when an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on a funeral hall in Sana’a left an estimated 140 dead and 525 injured. With a crumbling health system unable to cope, the majority of the injured were not able to travel abroad for treatment as the Saudis have forced the closure of Sana’a airport for nearly two months.

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British Red Cross - Yemen Crisis Appeal

Yemen Crisis Appeal by the British Red Cross

The ongoing conflict in Yemen has devastated millions of people’s lives.

Right now, more than half the population don’t have enough food. Almost a quarter face starvation. Families are living with no water or electricity.

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Save the Children - Yemen Crisis - Donate Now

Yemen Crisis Appeal by Save the Children

This is the world's largest humanitarian crisis.

But not enough people have been talking about it.

Since March last year, brutal fighting has spread across almost all of Yemen.

A staggering 21 million people are in dire need of humanitarian aid - that's 82% of the population.

Children are going hungry and thirsty - one third of children under 5 are severely malnourished, and in many parts of the country the water supply is turned on for just one hour every day.

The healthcare system has collapsed, meaning that children and their families can't get the vital care they desperately need.

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Care International - Yemen Emergency Appeal

Care International Yemen Emergency Appeal

Over 80% of Yemen’s population are in a desperate struggle for survival and need your help right now. The conflict has devastated the lives of children and their families, with so many now on the brink of starvation. Please donate now to provide emergency food and water.

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Unicef: Donate and help protect children in Yemen

Yemen Crisis appeal by UNICEF

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Millions starving in ‘forgotten war’ as Saudi bombs tear Yemen apart

Article by Bel Trew for The Times

Millions of people in Yemen are starving, including children who will be crippled for life, the UN has warned as new photographs from areas worst hit by the war show teenagers dying of hunger.

Yemen now has one of the highest malnutrition rates in the world, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday. More than 14 million people are going hungry, half of them starving. At least ten of the country’s 21 governorates are close to a famine.

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Yemen: The 'forgotten war' cloaked in the shadow of Syria

By Hakim Almasmari and Angela Dewan, for CNN

Sanaa (CNN)Dozens of schools and hospitals have been bombed. Foreign powers have carried out deadly airstrikes. Political chaos has created a vacuum for militant groups like ISIS to flourish and sieges have cut off rebel-held areas from desperately needed aid.

You might think this is a picture of war-torn Syria, but it is in fact Yemen, where a bloody civil war has created what the UN calls a "humanitarian catastrophe."

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Famine fears in Yemen as food shortages grow

Article for Gulf Times by Jonathan Saul, Noah Browning And Mohamed Ghobari/Reuters/London/Dubai

Intensive care wards in Yemen’s hospitals are filled with emaciated children hooked up to monitors and drips – victims of food shortages that could get even worse due to a reorganisation of the central bank that is worrying importers.
With food ships finding it hard to get into Yemen’s ports due to a virtual blockade, over half the country’s 28mn people already do not have enough to eat, according to the United Nations.
Yemen’s exiled president, Abd-Rabbu Mansur Hadi, last month ordered the central bank’s headquarters to be moved from the capital Sanaa, controlled by Houthi rebels in the north, to the southern port of Aden, which is held by the government.
He also appointed a new governor, a member of his government who has said the bank has no money.
Trade sources involved in importing food to the Arab peninsula’s poorest country say this decision will leave them financially exposed and make it harder to bring in supplies.
Diplomats and aid officials believe the crisis surrounding the central bank could adversely affect ordinary Yemenis.
“The politicisation of the central bank and attempts by the parties in the conflict to use it as a tool to hurt one another threaten to push the poorest over the edge,” said Richard Stanforth, humanitarian policy adviser with Oxfam.
“Everything is stacked against the people on the brink of starvation in Yemen.”
The effects of food shortages can already be seen.

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One woman's lonely struggle against famine in Yemen

BBC article by Nawal al-Maghafi

After two years of war in Yemen and a Saudi-led blockade lasting 18 months millions of people are slowly starving - some are already dying for lack of food. One doctor in the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah is doing all she can to save them.

In her 20 years as a doctor Ashwaq Muharram has never seen things so bad.

"I'm seeing the same thing I used to watch on TV when the famine unfolded in Somalia," she tells me. "I never thought I would see this in Yemen."

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Watch Starving Yemen on Our World at 21:30 BST, Saturday 24 September on the BBC News Channel - in the UK, you can catch up later on the BBC iPlayer

Watch it here (available until 25 October 2016)

Yemen: On the brink of starvation - BBC News

BBC news video by Nawal al-Maghafi

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Reuters - Malnutrition grows in war-ravaged Yemen

Reuters video, 21 September 2016

Malnutrition grows in war-ravaged Yemen

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