U.S. Must Help Yemen Out Of Conflict-Driven, Worsening Humanitarian Situation
Washington Post: The United States must help pull Yemen back from total collapse
Jean-Marie Guéhenno, president and chief executive of the International Crisis Group
“…The war in Yemen has created one of the worst humanitarian emergencies in the Middle East, and that is saying a lot. More than 21 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance — around 80 percent of the country’s population. Fourteen million people are food insecure. … As President Obama enters the twilight of his term and looks back at a Middle East on fire, Yemen, the forgotten war, offers the chance of a diplomatic success. After a year of military stalemate, both sides have agreed on a range of steps that could end the war. Closing a deal is far from guaranteed. But, if it is to happen at all, it requires immediate and consistent diplomatic follow-up and pressure on U.S. allies, something that has been sorely absent thus far…” (10/5).
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