While all parties fighting refuse to compromise, Yemen's civilians are paying the price. As the Hudaydah offensive moves closer to the sea port and city, world leaders have a choice to put their full backing behind peace to bring an end to this crisis, or oversee a potential humanitarian catastrophe.
The Saudi - and UAE - led Coalition’s assault on Hodeida – Yemen’s lifeline port – threatens hundreds of thousands of civilians in that city, and around 20 million more who rely on its imports of food, fuel, medicine and other supplies. The strategy to prevent this assault through quiet diplomacy has failed. For the sake of millions of Yemenis, the time for a more effective strategy is now.
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.
Over 380,000 children under five are at risk of dying from a lethal combination of severe hunger and deadly diseases becuase of acute malnutrition.
Since the end of April 2017, Yemen has been experiencing its worst recorded outbreak of suspected cholera in a single year. By mid-August, more than 500,000 cases were recorded. Significant and urgent scale up in all areas of intervention is needed.
Another poor rainy season, the third in a row, has plunged 700,000 more people into crippling hunger and on the verge of starvation in the Somali region of southern Ethiopia.
A severe drought has left 7.8 million people in need of humanitarian aid in Ethiopia. These numbers are likely to rise in the coming weeks. Oxfam is supplying clean water to communities in the Somali region, which is proving to be a lifeline for people affected by the drought.
New IPC figures show that famine has been pushed back in South Sudan, but the food crisis continues to spread across the country and 6 million people are facing severe hunger and need immediate help.
Thousands of displaced persons returning from Cameroon to Nigeria are facing appalling conditions on arrival in Pulka, says Oxfam.
G7 leaders in Taormina fail to tackle famine or the challenges of migration. President Trump, more than anyone else, blocked agreement on many of these key concerns that affect millions of the world’s poorest people.