FOOD SHOULD NEVER BE A WEAPON OF WAR.
Millions of people are facing famine. Let’s call on our Foreign Secretary to help stop the crisis, for good.
The people of Yemen are not starving. They’re being starved. Four years of war, airstrikes and restrictions on imports have left 10 million facing famine. Nearly half of all children aged between six months and five years are chronically malnourished. Almost all food sources – markets, farms, food imports –have been bombed. And the price of the limited food available is high, leaving the poorest people suffering the most.
The UK government is supporting peace talks and giving large amounts of humanitarian aid. But it continues to fuel the conflict by selling fighter jets, bombs, and missiles to the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. These weapons risk being used to commit serious violations of international humanitarian law, killing civilians and destroying essential food and water sources.
As UK citizens, we have the power to push for change. Pressure from the British people has already helped get the UK government to begin to promote peace in Yemen.
But to help end this unnecessary and unimaginable suffering, the UK government must:
- Continue to play a leading role in peace talks to ensure a lasting end to the war.
- Stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia and UAE
- Help to ensure humanitarian aid can get in
All warring parties, and those fuelling the conflict through arms transfers, are implicated in this totally man-made humanitarian crisis.
It’s a devastating injustice when people who are already the poorest and most vulnerable are the ones who suffer the most. By supporting Oxfam you’re helping our teams on the ground to be there – fighting cholera outbreaks with clean water and wash facilities, and helping the poorest families to buy food from local traders.
But this should not be necessary. Food should never be a weapon of war. Ask Jeremy Hunt to take action to #stopstarvingyemen.
"Dear Foreign Secretary,
I am writing to you out of extreme concern for the people of Yemen – to urge you to build on your efforts at the peace talks in Sweden and do all you can to help stop the suffering, including pressing for an immediate ceasefire throughout the country.
Yemen is facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. More than 22 million people need urgent assistance, while millions of people are on the brink of famine. While the ceasefire in Hudaydah is a crucial step, horrific attacks on civilians continue. The UK’s leadership in the run up to and at the peace talks in Sweden has shown that we can bring people together to ease the suffering of the Yemeni people. I am asking you to stop the ongoing sale of arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen and to use all your influence to ensure the agreement for a ceasefire in Hudaydah is not only upheld, but that there is a ceasefire and an end to the violence across the whole country.
I hope you will continue to prioritise the people of Yemen, and call on all parties to the conflict to return to the table for the next round of peace talks in January to deliver a long-term solution for the people of Yemen. Please use the UK’s unique influence at the UN Security Council to demand a country-wide ceasefire now, and demonstrate the positive role the UK can play on the global stage.
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