Senior officials of United Nations they warned this Wednesday that Yemen is on a “countdown to catastrophe” after years of malnutrition caused by the conflict and that if the international community looks the other way, the country “will sink into a devastating famine in a matter of a few months “.
In a telematic consultation session of the Security Council on the situation in Yemen, the executive director of the World Food Program, David Beasley, He explained that “there is a toxic combination of increasing violence, a deepening collapse of the economy and the currency, and Covid-19, which is raising misery to another level.
“We are in a countdown to catastrophe in Yemen, “said Beasley, who urged world leaders to realize the” humanitarian disaster that is underway “and considered that” if we choose to look the other way, there is no doubt that Yemen will plunge into a devastating famine in a matter of months. “
One in four children
According to the diplomat, the malnutrition of the Yemeni people is at levels never seen before and one in four children suffers from it. The humanitarian chief of the organization, Mark Lowcock, also alerted the fifteen member states of the organ about this problem and assured that the most urgent task is prevent a famine from spreading in the country, for which the world must provide funds to protect the civilian population and send humanitarian aid.
For its part, Martin Griffiths, The UN Special Envoy for Yemen said that he has been working with each side of the conflict to find solutions but his role is to mediator, non-negotiator, so he hopes they will make “final decisions” on the Joint Declaration, which would lead to a ceasefire.
The armed conflict began in Yemen in 2014, when the Houthi rebels took up arms against the President’s government. Abdo Rabu Mansur Hadi and they took the capital, Sanaa.
In March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition began its military intervention in support of Hadi, causing the violence to escalate and the war to take on a regional dimension.