The United Nations keeps warning again and again and again, “Yemen is experiencing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.”
This assessment was echoed by the UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, Food and Agriculture Organization, and Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, along with a leading famine monitor created by the US government and the international NGO Save the Children.
Yet, while the UN program to provide humanitarian assistance to prevent famine and mass starvation in Yemen is grossly underfunded, the US is instead ramping up its two-year-long war there, through its proxy Saudi Arabia — effectively exacerbating the catastrophe, not making it better.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reiterated this for the umpteenth time on April 24, writing:
Close to 19 million people—two thirds of the population—need humanitarian assistance and protection. These people include more than 10 million extremely vulnerable Yeminis who require immediate assistance. A child under age 5 now dies every 10 minutes of preventable causes.
The crisis in Yemen is entirely man-made. The country has been grappling with the disastrous effects of a conflict that has forced millions of people to flee their homes, exacerbated chronic humanitarian needs, and killed or injured thousands.
The OCHA report on Yemen warned of the following horrific consequences if the “entirely man-made” catastrophe, fueled by US/Saudi war, does not end:
1. Around 7 million people will face starvation.
2. More than 8 million people will lack access to drinking water and sanitation.
3. The health system will completely decline.
4. Nearly 1.2 million malnourished children could die.
5. Millions of people will face grave threats to their basic rights.
6. Landmines and other explosives will threaten lives and delay assistance.