Senior officials of United Nations They warned 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, explained that “there is a toxic combination of violence on the rise, a deepening collapse of the economy and the currency, and the covid-19, which is raising misery to another level. “
“We are on a countdown to the 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 that Yemen will sink into a devastating famine in a matter of months. “
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 to prevent the spread of a famine in the country, for which the world must provide funds to protect the civilian population and send humanitarian aid.
For his part, Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy for the Yemen, said that he has been working with each of the parties to the conflict to find solutions but his role is that of mediator, not negotiator, so he hopes that 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 they took up arms against the government of President Abdo Rabu Mansur Hadi and took the capital, Sanaa.