Yemen: A Country On The Brink Of Extinction
Yemen needs our attention.
Are we prepared to be on the wrong side of history? Will we sit idly by and allow a country and its people to be wiped off the face of the earth? Can we continue turning a blind eye to death and injustice?
You are more powerful than you know. All it takes is for you to care.
Read on to understand how your individual contribution can make a massive difference.
Let's unite to save Yemen...
A Recap of History...
In 2011, civil unrest forced Yemen's then president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. Presidency was handed over to his VP, Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.
Under Hadi's administration, rebel groups began to form; of these, the Houthis gained the most power and territory through their alliance with Iranian forces. In 2014 Hadi was forced to flee.
The Houthis became a threat to Saudia Arabia's capital city Riyadh and it was in Hadi's political interests to create an alliance with Saudi Arabia in an attempt to regain control of Yemen.
A civil war ensued in 2015 when Saudia Arabia attacked via airstrikes and the Houthis responded.
Fast forward 5 years and the severity of the situation in Yemen is only now being discussed; it’s beyond a proxy war. Terrorist groups are feeding off the chaos and growing in numbers as they continue recruiting children through manipulative tactics like promises of food. The Saudis are receiving logistical and intelligence support from the USA who are threatened by the increasing number of reported terrorist groups.
Thus, their main aim is to disrupt 'terrorist' operations with no consideration of innocent civilian lives...
War is not the only major crisis that Yemen is facing. Alongside the many airstrikes that are destroying homes and separating families, Saudi Arabia began attacking innocents through the blockage of food/water/fuel supplies a few years ago. This ignited a famine crisis and has inevitably resulted in a cholera epidemic. Economic turbulence and extreme levels of poverty plague the Yemeni population.
2020 has seen the COVID-19 pandemic put the world on pause - Yemen is now facing this alongside war, floods, famine and cholera. The UN has declared this the world's largest humanitarian crisis.
A Yemeni child dies every ten minutes of preventable causes - UNICEF
Nearly 60% of Yemen's population is food insecure - UN 2018
There is limited access to clean water and sanitation systems; this has facilitated a severe cholera outbreak.
50% of hospitals have closed. The remainder are barely operating as they lack vital resources.
Coronavirus will delete Yemen from maps all over the world - SKY News Headline
2 million children under the age of 5 need treatment for malnourishment.
24.1 million people are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. Yemen's population is 28.5 million.
What Can You Do?...
There are many ways to help those suffering through this crisis..
Yemen has, unfortunately, been treated as collateral damage by both its neighbours in the Middle East and powerful Western forces.
As citizens in countries like the UK and the US, it is our responsibility and obligation to demand better of our governments.
So how can we begin to help?...
1) Educate Yourself
Mainstream media outlets have repeatedly turned a blind eye. Therefore, in order to understand, we must take initiative and search for the truth. Speak to people who know what's going on, do your own research and form an opinion.
Now, you're one step closer to making a difference.
2) Spread Awareness
This isn't Yemen's problem - this is the world's problem.
So let's take it upon ourselves to let the world know. There is strength to be found when people unite.
So please, make this your problem.
If you're able to - please donate.
People are suffering through extreme levels of hunger and poverty.
Donations help to feed, clothe and provide medicine for people who desperately need it...
4) Take Action
There are alternative ways to help if donating is not currently within your means...
In the last few weeks, we've seen the power that petitions have in terms of getting governments to listen.
We urge you to sign every petition you see in relation to Yemen. We urge you to take a step further and write to your MP and government officials in order to condemn the UK's role in Yemen's deterioration. We urge you to fight and take a stand for the people that need you.
Petitions are extremely valuable - but they are unsustainable in the long run. We must put pressure on our governments to act towards putting an end to conflict.
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