A group of people in Yemen stand in front of a tap in a barren landscape under a blue sky
28 January 2019

The people of Yemen cannot wait

World Vision joins 13 aid agencies to urge global leaders not to forget Yemen

A Letter to The Telegraph:

Dear Sir

We the undersigned come together at the start of 2019 to remind the international community that Yemen is experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. More than 14 million people are facing starvation and an estimated 85,000 children have already died from extreme hunger since the war escalated in 2015.

Aid workers in Yemen have spoken to parents who say they are forced to give their children contaminated food and water, or nothing at all. Older people are being forced to sell their homes and belongings, just to survive another day. No-one should be forced to make these impossible choices.

There is some hope for the future, with a ceasefire brokered last month in the critical port of Hodeida largely holding and promises to restore vital imports of food and medicine into the country. But sadly, most Yemeni people do not feel this hope.

Aid and commercial goods are not yet flowing in at the level needed to address the unfolding crisis. People are hungry, they are scared and they are desperate.

Aid workers are reaching hundreds of thousands of people now with lifelines, but we simply must see greater action by all parties to allow us to reach more Yemenis before it is too late. We urge all parties to the conflict to remember that the people of Yemen must come first.

We urge the public not to look away, not to forget the Yemeni families on the brink of starvation.

The people of Yemen cannot wait.

Signed:

  • Jean-Michel Grand, Executive Director Action Against Hunger
  • Girish Menon, CEO ActionAid UK
  • Chris Roles, Managing Director Age International
  • Michael Adamson, CEO British Red Cross
  • Chris Bain, Director CAFOD
  • Laurie Lee, Chief Executive Care International UK
  • Amanda Mukwashi, CEO Christian Aid
  • Rose Caldwell, Executive Director Concern Worldwide UK
  • Tufail Hussain, Interim Director Islamic Relief UK
  • Danny Sriskandarajah, Chief Executive Oxfam GB
  • Tanya Barron, CEO Plan International UK
  • Kevin Watkins, CEO Save the Children
  • Nigel Harris, CEO Tearfund
  • Tim Pilkington, CEO World Vision UK