Tuesday, 31st October
Naser Haghamed, CEO of Islamic Relief Worldwide, said:
“Tuesday’s statement from the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling for a ceasefire in 30 days is welcome but the people of Yemen need far more. We need a ceasefire today – not tomorrow, next week or next month.
“The situation in Yemen is absolutely dire. Millions are on the verge of famine, cholera rates are spiking and for the last four nights the fighting near the key port city of Hodeida has raged on throughout the night, terrifying families that a fresh offensive might be about to take place.
“Our staff are on the frontline of this crisis in Sana’a and Hodeida. They tell us that women, children and grown men are visibly scared for their lives and their loved ones. The shops have long ago shut their doors and the streets are completely empty by nightfall. Food is running out. There is little or no electricity and after almost four years of war, every day spent under these deeply uncertain conditions can feel like an eternity. While humanitarian NGOs must be granted full access to all of those affected by the conflict, a more permanent solution is needed.
“Now is the time for all UN Security Council members to seize the chance and pass a new resolution on Yemen, calling for an immediate ceasefire and bring all warring parties to negotiate a meaningful and lasting solution to the conflict.”
Notes to editors:
Islamic Relief is an independent aid organisation working in more than 40 countries across the world. We have been active in Yemen since 1998 and work in the north and south of the country, providing key services like food delivery and medical support.
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