ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: DEMAND A CEASEFIRE IN YEMEN

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In the last week, airstrikes and bombing have killed nearly fifty people in Yemen, including dozens of children on a bus. Yemen is facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. More than 22 million people need urgent help. 8.4 million people are on the brink of famine. 

Oxfam has reached more than 2 million people with lifesaving essentials, like clean water and cash to buy food – but the recent military onslaught towards the key city and port of Hudaydah and ongoing war is putting yet more children, women and men at risk

We’re calling on the new Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to put Yemen at the top of his agenda, demand an immediate ceasefire, and urge both sides to refrain from violence – but we need your help to convince him to act.

This three-year conflict has been devastating for the people of Yemen and now the fate of 600,000 people in Hudaydah hang in the balance. Any advance on the port or the food supply routes risk cutting off millions more desperate people from life-saving supplies of food and medicines. 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 any further attack could be catastrophic. The time to act is now.

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 the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. As the new Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt could act immediately to protect the people of Yemen. The UK government must push for an immediate ceasefire and take forward their responsibility at the UN to find a lasting peace deal to protect millions of vulnerable families.

You may have taken action on Yemen before, but now 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 put Yemen at the top of your agenda and do all you can to help stop their suffering.

Yemen is facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. More than 22 million people need urgent assistance, while 8.4 million people are on the brink of famine. And yet, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates has put Hudaydah under attack. In light of the recent horrific attacks on civilians, we are asking you to use all your influence to try to stop this war and call on both sides of the conflict to cease hostilities.

This three-year conflict has been devastating for the people of Yemen and now the fate of 600,000 people in Hudaydah hang in the balance. Any advance on the port or the food supply routes risk cutting off millions more desperate people from life-saving supplies of food and medicines. 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 any further attack could be catastrophic. The time to act is now.

As you come into your new role 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.

Yours sincerely,

[your name will go here]"