Humanitarian organisations in Yemen congratulate parties to the conflict on the cooperation and persistence that have led to the most positive agreements seen for Yemeni civilians in more than three years. These represent a significant step on the road to real and lasting peace in Yemen and could have a transformative impact on a humanitarian crisis affecting millions of people.
Tufail Hussain, Interim Director of Islamic Relief UK said:
“Islamic Relief UK welcomes today’s agreement, which could be a major step forward for the people of Yemen, especially those in Hodeida who are on the very frontline of a conflict that is causing the displacement of thousands of people every month and leaving many more lives at risk. As one of the largest INGOs operating in Yemen, we know that without a de-escalation of the crisis, hundreds of thousands of people need humanitarian assistance to survive.
Written by Tasfia Salek
We recently welcomed International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls on 25th November. Indeed, this date starts off the period now broadly known as 16 days of Activism to eliminate Violence against women and girls (VAWG) where men and women worldwide are called to speak out on issues that are too often neglected – including the terrible practice of early and forced marriage. Shockingly, 1 in 5 girls worldwide is married before the age of 18. This comes with heavy emotional, physical, sexual and financial consequences.
International NGOs working in Yemen welcome the upcoming political consultations in Sweden. After almost four years of conflict in Yemen, up to 14 million people – 50 per cent of Yemen’s population - do not know where their next meal will come from. An estimated 85,000 children under five are presumed to have died from extreme hunger or disease since 2015.
*Salem Jaffer Baobid, Islamic Relief’s Hodeida project coordinator, said: *
Last night there was fighting again, and I could hear bombing and heavy shelling in the direction of the port.
The last few days have been quieter, but no one here really thinks that this will last. No one has faith in the peace process or believes that it will succeed.
Islamic Relief has been using the lull to stockpile emergency supplies, mainly food rations, in the city.
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