The people of Yemen are trapped in the world’s worst humanitarian emergency. As the Houthi-Saleh alliance and the Saudi-led coalition continue to kill civilians with impunity, and Saudi Arabia maintains an illegal blockade, seven million Yemenis are at risk of starvation, and 17 million don’t know where their next meal will come from. Yemen’s grain supplies will run out in roughly 100 days. The worst cholera epidemic in history continues to rage, alongside other deadly diseases. And this entire disaster is man-made. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and the United States are deliberately starving Yemen.
Humanitarian aid alone can’t solve this crisis. As the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Yemen said earlier this year, the only way to prevent widespread famine “is for weapons to fall silent across the country and for the parties to the conflict to return to the negotiating table.” And that will only happen when the United States withdraws its military support for the Saudis and their allies and pressures them to make peace.