EVERY
75 SECONDS
a child dies from
starvation in Yemen


The clock is ticking:

00
children

have died so far in 2022, according to the worst-case estimates at the height of the crisis



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)

  • 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

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

Important dates in 2022

January 14:

  • Activists in New York protested the war on Yemen in front of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s district office

January 20:

  • National organizations to hold a legislative strategy meeting this day to lift the blockade of Yemen
  • Anniversary of President Biden’s inauguration. Biden promised on the campaign trail to stop weapons sales and military support for the Saudi/UAE-led coalition in Yemen. Since then, the US has continued to provide military support to Saudi Arabia that enables the continued bombing and blockade of the country.

February 14:

  • National strategy meeting

March 1:

  • Protests across the US at offices of members of Congress to stop the blockade of Yemen and introduce a Yemen War Powers Resolution, to stop unconstitutional US participation in the war on Yemen

March 8:

  • International Women’s Day
  • Deadline for introduction of a Yemen War Powers Resolution

March 25–27:

  • 7th anniversary of the war on Yemen
  • Deadline for Congress to pass a Yemen War Powers Resolution to prevent an 8th year of the war on Yemen

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