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.
Though most Americans don’t know it, the US is playing a crucial role in perpetuating this war. “There’s an American imprint on every civilian life lost in Yemen,” as Senator Chris Murphy put it. “Though the Saudis [and Emiratis] are actually dropping the bombs from their planes, they wouldn’t be able to do it without us.”
The YPP and our allies have made meaningful progress toward peace in 2017. We’ve placed provisions in the 2018 defense budget that will force the Trump administration to explain what it’s doing in Yemen and report on the Saudi-led coalition’s actions. We’ve generated unprecedented congressional support for a resolution to end all US military involvement. And we’ve led dozens of members of Congress to demand urgent diplomatic action to end the crisis.
Your donations allow us to lobby Congress on key legislation and to educate Congress about the situation in Yemen (believe it or not, we’re still encountering members of Congress who don’t even know the US is involved in a war there!). Your gifts also help us create momentum for policy change by conducting crucial public outreach, tracking war crimes, and circulating reliable information to counter propaganda from the warring parties and their friends in the White House. We can’t do this without you!
Thank you so much for supporting this vital cause!