The United Nations’ goal was to raiseMore than $4.2 billion was available for the people of war-torn Yemen as of March 15. However, only $1.3 billion had been received by March 15, when the deadline expired.
“I am deeply disappointed,” saidJan Egeland is the secretary general of Norwegian Refugee Council. “The people of Yemen need the same level of support and solidarity that we’ve seen for the people of Ukraine. The crisis in Europe will dramatically impact Yemenis’ access to food and fuel, making an already dire situation even worse.”
“Since the onset of the Ukraine conflict, we have seen the prices of food skyrocket by more than 150 percent,” saidBasheer al Selwi, spokesperson for the International Commission of the Red Cross Yemen. “Millions of Yemeni families don’t know how to get their next meal.”
The horrific blockade and bombardment in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is now in its eighth year. The United Nations estimatedLast fall, the death toll in Yemen was expected to reach 377,000 by 2021.
The United States continuesTo provide spare parts and maintenance for the coalition war planes of Saudi/UAE. Without this support, the Saudis couldn’t continue their murderous aerial attacks.
Tragically, the United States is cosying up to the leaders and diplomats of these countries, instead of condemning the atrocities of the Saudi/UAE invasion, bombing, and blockade Yemen. The United States is attempting to block global oil sales by imposing sanctions on Russia. entering talksSaudi and UAE oil production will become more important to them. And Saudi Arabia and the UAE don’t want to increase their oil production without a U.S. agreement to help them increase their attacks against Yemen.
Human rights groups have decried the Saudi/UAE-led coalition for bombing roadways, fisheries, sewage and sanitation facilities, weddings, funerals and even a children’s school bus. Saudi Arabia was the victim of a recent attack. killedSixty-six African migrants are being held in Saada’s detention center.
The Saudi blockade has prevented Yemen from receiving essential imports, causing the Yemeni population to rely on relief groups for their survival.
There is another way. U.S. Reps. Pramila Japal of Washington and Peter De Fazio from Oregon, both Democrats are now seeking cosponsorsFor the Yemen War Powers Resolution. It demands that Congress cut military support for the Saudi/UAE-led coalition’s war against Yemen.
On March 12, Saudi Arabia executed 81 people, including seven Yemenis — two of them prisoners of war and five of them accused of criticizing the Saudi war against Yemen.
Just two days after the mass execution, the Gulf Corporation Council, including many of the coalition partners attacking Yemen, announced Saudi willingness to host peace talks in their own capital city of Riyadh, requiring Yemen’s Ansar Allah leaders (informally known as Houthis) to risk execution by Saudi Arabia in order to discuss the war.
The Saudis insist for a deeply flawed system since long. U.N. resolutionAlthough the Houthi fighters are urged to disarm, the document never mentions the U.S.-backed Saudi/UAE coalition being one of the warring sides. The Houthis state that they will be at the negotiating table, but cannot rely on Saudis as mediators. This seems reasonable, given Saudi Arabia’s vengeful treatment of Yemenis.
The American people have the right to demand that U.S. foreign policies be based on respect for human rights, equitable share of resources, and an earnest commitment ending all wars. We should urge Congress to use the leverage it has for preventing continued aerial bombardment of Yemen and sponsor Jayapal’s and De Fazio’s forthcoming resolution.
We can also summon courage and humility to recognize U.S. actions against Yemeni civilians and make reparations.