Escalation of fighting around Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah threatens to cut off essential supplies to millions of people who are already one step away from famine.
This statement was read by Shane Stevenson, Oxfam’s Country Director in Yemen, on behalf of Oxfam and 21 other international NGOs currently working in Yemen.
INGOs are delivering life-saving humanitarian assistance to millions of vulnerable Yemenis, despite the complex and serious nature of the security situation and sustained bureaucratic access constraints.
Three years of war in Yemen: over 3 million people have been forced to flee their homes, the world’s largest cholera outbreak on record, and the country is teetering on the brink of famine. The world cannot continue to turn a blind eye to Yemen’s suffering.
Oxfam today expressed serious concern, at the escalation of the fighting in Taiz and Aden governorates and called for an immediate ceasefire. The fighting has forced the organization to temporarily close its office in Taiz.
In the past three and a half weeks only 18 per cent of the Yemen's monthly fuel needs and just over half its monthly food needs have been imported through these ports.
Oxfam and sixteen other aid agencies working in Yemen are urging for the complete and unconditional opening of Hudaydah port to allow for the uninterrupted flow of food and fuel.
In response to the cholera outbreak hitting the million of suspected cases mark, Oxfam expressed today its appal at this horrifying new record for the country devastated by over 1,000 days of war.
1,000 days of war and a crippling blockade is starving its people
Yemen is being pushed ever closer to famine after 1,000 days of a brutal war, exacerbated by a crippling blockade of its key northern ports which is starving its people of food, fuel and medicine Oxfam warned today.
Danger of Cholera comeback as four in five people will be without steady water supply
Eight million people in Yemen will be without running water within days as fuel runs out due to the Saudi-led coalition blockade of the country's northern ports, Oxfam warned today.
In response to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition's announcement to reopen Hodeidah port and Sanaa airport to humanitarian assistance, Oxfam says this is an empty gesture while millions of Yemenis sees their lives threatened by the two-week blockade on the country.