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.

 

Signed:

 

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

CAFOD

 

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

Tearfund

 

Tim Pilkington, CEO

World Vision UK

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