Monday January 28, 2019

Dear Sir,

We the undersigned come together at the start of 2019 to remind the international community that Yemen is experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. More than 14 million people are facing starvation and an estimated 85,000 children have already died from extreme hunger since the war escalated in 2015.

Aid workers in Yemen have spoken to parents who say they are forced to give their children contaminated food and water, or nothing at all. Older people are being forced to sell their homes and belongings, just to survive another day. No-one should be forced to make these impossible choices.

There is some hope for the future, with a ceasefire brokered last month in the critical port of Hodeida largely holding and promises to restore vital imports of food and medicine into the country. But sadly, most Yemeni people do not feel this hope.

Aid and commercial goods are not yet flowing in at the level needed to address the unfolding crisis. People are hungry, they are scared and they are desperate.

Aid workers are reaching hundreds of thousands of people now with lifelines, but we simply must see greater action by all parties to allow us to reach more Yemenis before it is too late.

We urge all parties to the conflict to remember that the people of Yemen must come first.

We urge the public not to look away, not to forget the Yemeni families on the brink of starvation.

The people of Yemen cannot wait.




Jean-Michel Grand, Executive Director

Action Against Hunger 


Girish Menon, CEO

ActionAid UK


Chris Roles, Managing Director

Age International


Michael Adamson, CEO

British Red Cross


Chris Bain, Director



Laurie Lee, Chief Executive

Care International UK


Amanda Mukwashi, CEO

Christian Aid


Rose Caldwell, Executive Director

Concern Worldwide UK


Tufail Hussain, Interim Director

Islamic Relief UK


Danny Sriskandarajah, Chief Executive

Oxfam GB


Tanya Barron, CEO

Plan International UK


Kevin Watkins, CEO

Save the Children


Nigel Harris, CEO



Tim Pilkington, CEO

World Vision UK

Recent Comments

    © Copyright 2022 Islamic Relief Worldwide, Inc. All rights reserved. Registered Charity No. 328158

    Quick Donate