Silence the guns, save lives

Join Oxfam's call for a global ceasefire.

It’s been five years of conflict in Yemen. It’s about time the people of Yemen saw a future without war.

A country already suffering extreme poverty is being pushed further towards its limits – by a conflict fuelled, in part, by UK-made weapons. Oxfam is there helping people to buy food, access clean water, and avoid the spread of disease.

Around a third of the population are on the brink of starvation – more and more people have lost their livelihoods and the conflict destroyed food sources, while food aid and commercial imports are being obstructed.

People are suffering from illness – COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across Yemen- limited reporting and testing capacity mean that this is likely to be an underestimate; estimates put the figure at around one million cases - while the country continues to grapple with cholera.

People are dying – even before the pandemic started the UN estimated if fighting lasts until 2022, the conflict in Yemen will have caused the death of 500,000 people.

The government's decision to continue selling arms to Saudi Arabia is dangerous, immoral and incoherent. Since 2015, conflict and restrictions to imports have led to nearly 10 million people not knowing where the next meal will come from - that's over third of the population of Yemen. The people of Yemen are not starving. They are being starved.

Only 50% of health centers in Yemen are functioning, and even those that are open are facing severe shortages of medicines, equipment and staff. And around 20 million people – two thirds of the population – have no access to clean water, making disease prevention almost impossible.

The COVID-19 pandemic poses a new challenge to the country as borders are tightened and flights into and out of the country are limited, restricting movement for some aid workers responding to the humanitarian crisis.

There are restrictions on humanitarian aid. Oxfam is doing everything possible to help people get the food and clean water they need to survive. But that isn’t enough – Yemeni people must be able to rebuild their lives and live without the fear and devastation caused by war.

What Yemen needs now is peace. It has been nearly 18 months since the Stockholm ceasefire agreement. It's time parties return to peace talks. Action hasn't gone far enough - it is time for the UK Government to take positive and decisive action to end this tragedy.

It’s about time the people of Yemen see a future without war. #YemenCantWait

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