a child dies from
starvation in Yemen

The clock is ticking:


have died so far in 2021, according to the worst-case estimates

What's happening in Yemen?

  • Since the beginning of the Yemeni Civil War, at least 230,000 civilians have died — some 131,000 from indirect causes such as lack of food (UN)
  • 85,000 children may have died between April 2015 and October 2018 (Save the Children)
  • As the situation deteriorates, 16 million Yemenis are on the brink of starvation with 2.3 million children under 5 suffering acute malnutrition; a spike in food prices and a further collapse of Yemen's currency in summer 2021 is driving even more children to hunger (UN, World Food Programme, and Save the Children)
  • In 2021, worst-case estimates are that 400,000 Yemeni children may die — one every 75 seconds or more than 1,100 per day (World Food Programme and United Nations)
  • The head of the World Food Programme, former Republican governor of South Carolina David Beasley, called the situation "the biggest famine in modern history" and "hell on earth" (World Food Programme)

The United States can stop this — by ending the Saudi blockade of Yemen first

  • Saudi warplanes, which have targeted civilians and enforced a blockade since the start of the war, still depend heavily on US assistance
  • A Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports and airports is exacerbating the crisis — for example, UN-inspected ships carrying desperately needed supplies are not allowed to enter Yemen's Hodeidah port
  • The blockade has caused a major fuel crisis which is further increasing the cost of food and hindering its distribution, shuttering hospitals due power outages, and impeding access to clean water
  • In February, President Biden pledged to end offensive support for Saudi Arabia, but little has changed: in April 2021, the Department of Defense confirmed that the US continues to support the Saudi-led coalition
  • Nearly 80 members of the House and 16 members of the Senate, a group of House Foreign Affairs Committee lawmakers, and grassroots hunger strikers are demanding the Biden administration end US complicity in the blockade

What you can do right now

 Tell Congress to stop the war in Yemen

  • Demand Congress pass a War Powers Resolution ending all US participation and support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

 Urge your elected officials to help end complicity in the war


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