Thursday, May 4, 2017

Lest We Forget: Yemen

From a statement by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) after a 5-day visit to Sana'a and Amran in Yemen:

"I am shocked to my bones by what I have seen and heard here in war- and hunger- stricken Yemen. The world is letting some 7 million men, women and children slowly but surely be engulfed by unprecedented famine. It is not a drought that is at fault. This preventable catastrophe is man-made from A to Z. Nowhere on earth are as many lives at risk. We are not even sure that the main humanitarian lifeline through the port of Hudaydah will be kept open. The Saudi-led, Western-backed, military coalition has threatened to attack the port, which would likely destroy it and cut supplies to millions of hungry civilians. The severe access restrictions to Yemen by air, sea and land has caused economic collapse in a country of 27 million people." (A man-made famine on our watch,, 3/5/17)

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