Plan International UK joins call for action to address the crisis in Yemen
Plan International UK has come together with 13 UK aid agencies to demand action to address the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen.
Yemen is currently experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Aid and commercial goods are not yet flowing in at the level needed to address the unfolding crisis. Widespread damage to public infrastructure and severe shortage of supplies, owing to restrictions on the movement of goods into and within the country, make it nearly impossible for the majority of Yemenis to obtain food, water and medical supplies. The UN estimates that Yemen could be facing the worst famine in 100 years and that 14 million people are at risk of starvation.
A ceasefire brokered last month in the critical port of Hodeida promises to restore vital imports of food and medicine into the country, but sadly, most Yemeni people do not feel this hope. Aid workers are reaching hundreds of thousands of people now with lifelines, but we must see greater action by all parties to allow us to reach more Yemenis before it is too late.
At the end of 2018, positive steps were taken to seek political solutions for Yemen. These agencies decided to come together now, at the start of 2019, to ensure that the plight of the Yemeni people is not forgotten.
More information can be found in this joint letter to the Telegraph.