ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: DEMAND A CEASEFIRE IN YEMEN
Yemen is facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. More than 22 million people need urgent help. 14 million people are on the brink of famine. The UN has warned Yemen is facing the world's worst famine in 100 years. Urgent action is needed to save lives.
Oxfam has reached more than 2 million people with lifesaving essentials, like clean water and cash to buy food – but the military onslaught around the port city of Hudaydah is putting yet more children, women and men at risk.
We’re calling on the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to put Yemen at the top of his agenda by ensuring an immediate ceasefire, and suspending UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia – but we need your help to convince him to act.
Over three years of conflict has been devastating for the people of Yemen and an offensive on the port city of Hudaydah has left hundreds of thousands of people homeless and risks cutting off millions more desperate people from life-saving supplies of food and medicines. In addition, Yemen's currency has collapsed and food prices have doubled in the last month, further fuelling the threat of famine.
There are some signs of a positive shift which presents us with a small window of opportunity to push for change.
The UK has a critical role to play in ending this conflict. Alongside the USA, our government is a key backer of the military coalition, led by Saudi Arabia. On 31st October, the US called for a "cessation of hostilities". The UK Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has welcomed this. It's crucial that these warm words turn into decisive action for Yemenis. You can make a difference.
The UK government must stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia because of their involvement in the war in Yemen and push for an immediate ceasefire, taking forward their responsibility at the UN to find a lasting peace deal to protect millions of vulnerable families.
Jeremy Hunt needs to hear your voice. Please send this message to Jeremy and join our call to stop the suffering in Yemen.
"Dear Foreign Secretary,
I am writing to you out of extreme concern for the people of Yemen – and to urge you to turn your support for a "cessation of hostilities" into action and do all you can to help stop the suffering in Yemen.
Yemen is facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. More than 22 million people need urgent assistance, while 14 million people are on the brink of famine. And yet, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia has put the port city of Hudaydah under attack. In light of the recent horrific attacks on civilians, we are asking you to stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen and to use all your influence to try to stop this war and call on both sides of the conflict to cease hostilities.
As the poorest country in the Middle East, around 90 per cent of Yemen’s food is imported and most of that comes through Hudaydah. The impact of the conflict on the port or its food supply routes could be catastrophic. The time to act is now.
I hope you will prioritise the people of Yemen, and call on all parties to the conflict to return to the table for peace talks, to bring a long-term solution for the people of Yemen. Please use your unique influence at the UN Security Council to demand a ceasefire now, and demonstrate the positive role the UK can play on the global stage.
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