Increasing numbers of crimes against civilians in Yemen
More than three years since the escalation of the war continue to suffer horribly in Yemen. More than 22 million people , or three quarters of the population , need humanitarian aid and protection across the country.
This includes 8.4 million people who do not know where their next meal will come from. Another 10 million people could find themselves in the same situation by the end of the year. Since 2015, fighting has driven more than 3 million people from their homes, including more than 2 million who remain displaced today. An unprecedented outbreak of cholera and acute watery diarrhoea has gripped Yemen since April 2017, with over 1.1 million cases.
Also in Hodeida, where escalating of war since June has forced more than 300,000 people from their homes and raised fears of catastrophe if fighting moves into densely populated Hudaydah city.
A famine and shortages of medicine as a result from the Saudis deliberately blockading Yemeni ports, including Hodeida, through which 80 percent of Yemen’s food imports arrive. Combined with the Saudis’ destruction of Yemen’s water and sanitation infrastructure, the Saudi war and blockade has also delivered to Yemen the world’s worst cholera epidemic.
More than 900,000 people have been sickened and, although cholera is normally easily treatable, thousands have died.
All of this is well known, although neither the atrocities nor the US role in perpetrating them have gotten the attention they deserve.