Yemen Faces Famine If Port Blockades Continue To Restrict Humanitarian, Medical Aid Deliveries, U.N., MSF Warn

Associated Press: MSF says it can’t deliver live-saving aid to Yemen capital
“International aid group Doctors Without Borders says it has not been able to deliver live-saving medical and humanitarian assistance to the people in dire need in the Yemeni capital because of a blockade by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Shiite rebels…” (11/18).

New Yorker: The Catastrophe of Saudi Arabia’s Trump-Backed Intervention in Yemen
“…Reporting in Yemen with a local BBC film crew this summer, I entered the country by making a fifteen-hour drive through remote areas to avoid coalition and Houthi forces. It was my sixth trip to the country in three years, and it revealed a rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation. Food shortages that plagued remote villages had spread to large cities in the country of twenty-eight million. Along with the cholera outbreak, the number of meningitis cases was surging…” (Al-Maghafi, 11/17).

U.N. News Centre: Famine may be unfolding ‘right now’ in Yemen, warns U.N. relief wing
“The United Nations relief wing on Friday warned of famine-like conditions unfolding in Yemen, as a blockade on aid and other essential goods by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels there enters its 12th day. Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), sounded the alarm during the regular bi-weekly news briefing in Geneva…” (11/17).

Washington Post: Yemen is on the brink of a horrible famine. Here’s how things got so bad.
“…According to the United Nations, Yemen is in urgent need of medicines, vaccines, and food. The supplies ‘are essential to staving off disease and starvation,’ the organization said. … They warn that 3.2 million people are at risk of famine, and 150,000 malnourished children could die in the next month. … A least 17 million other people, including 11 million children, are in desperate need of humanitarian supplies…” (Erickson, 11/19).

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