For seven years our countries have either actively supported or stood by in silence while the forgotten people of Yemen have endured and are still enduring unbearable suffering, their lives and their country being destroyed by a brutal war. Yemen is undergoing one of the largest humanitarian disasters in our time. Eighty percent of the population, or 24 million people, rely on aid and protection assistance, including 14.3 million who are in acute need. Children are dying on a daily basis from bombing or starvation - a recent report on RTE News claimed that 10,000 children had died in the war so far. The UN reports that more than two million children are malnourished, with one in two now suffering from stunted mental and physical growth because of food shortages.
There is still hope if the war stops now as a new UN Development Report (UNDP) notes: "War torn Yemen is among the poorest countries in the world, but recovery is possible if the conflict ends now." [Yemen recovery possible if war stops now: UNDP report | | UN News]
And yet, Saudi Arabia continues to bomb Yemen ruthlessly in a proxy war for regional supremacy.
It is projected that 1.3 million lives will be lost if the war continues through 2030. Many of those deaths will not be due to fighting, but to the impacts of war on livelihoods, food prices, and the deterioration of health, education, and basic services. We cannot let this happen on our watch.
That is why it is urgent for us to ACT NOW, to do whatever we can to bring this war to an end as quickly as possible. Therefore, the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) is hosting a meeting of activists at 5.30pm on the 7th of December to organise a new campaign to End the War in Yemen.If you would like to be involved in or support this campaign, we urge you to attend or to send a representative of your group to this meeting.
We sincerely hope we can work together on a number of events that both raise awareness of and call for an immediate end to this horrific futile war.
The meeting details are included below.
Steering Committee, IAWM
The Irish Anti-War Movement is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: End The War In Yemen. Time: Dec 7, 2021 05:30 PM Dublin
Contact person: Abdulaziz Almoayyad
Phone:00 353 83 4236662
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Meeting ID: 891 6518 7374
Thanks and best regards