IRISH ANTI WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE 01 MARCH 2022
• STOP THE WAR ON YEMEN – LIFT THE SIEGE NOW
The Irish Anti War Movement (IAWM) will hold a briefing on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen on Tuesday March 1st at 11am in the Oireachtas AV room.
If there are journalists or media in the Dáil at this time you are invited to attend.
Since 2015 a brutal war has been prosecuted on the Yemini people by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Tens of thousands of Yemeni men, women and children have been killed or maimed by bombs and bullets all supplied by the US, British and EU Governments. A school bus full of children, wedding parties, markets and funerals have been targeted by Saudi and UAE air strikes with horrendous consequences.
Saudi Arabia has also enforced a blockade thus preventing vital aid reaching the over 80% of the Yemeni population that depends on it.
• Enforced malnutrition is being used as a weapon of war and is now causing most of the deaths.
• Every ten minutes a Yemeni child under the age of five dies due to the cruel blockade.
• 400,000 Yemeni children are at risk of dying according to the director of the UN World Food Programme.
• 11 million children need aid in the world’s worst humanitarian disaster in our lifetime.
• The UN estimates that 50% of health-care facilities have shut down in a conflict that has displaced more than 3.6 million people, over 80% of which are women and children.
The Irish government and Minister Simon Coveney are in a position to speak up for the Yemeni people and use Ireland’s seat at the UN Security Council to call for an end to this brutal war, for the facilitation of a meaningful peace process and for a massive humanitarian aid programme.
The IAWM believes that TDs may not know the full facts or the scale of the crisis and wish to invite TDs and Senators from all parties to attend this briefing by experts.
Dr Mouna Hashem is a Senior Evaluation Consultant & Researcher. She has worked extensively in Yemen conducting evaluations for a wide range of international organizations and bilateral agencies such as the UN agencies, the World Bank, DFID and USAID.
Dr Hashem has also served as a senior researcher and principal investigator of UN global policy research studies, including being on the ILO global research team that conceptualized the theory of social exclusion as it relates to developing countries; and more recently conducted the UNICEF global study of Out-of-School Children in Yemen.
Abdulaziz Almoayyad is a Saudi activist living in Ireland and a founding member of the Saudi Diaspora Association.
Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6472737
Sara O Rourke, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6024821
Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 124 9456
Marnie Holborrow, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 9889244
Michael Youlton, Chair Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 086 8159487