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The famine in Yemen is much worse than we're being told

Friday 8th February 2019 | Rose

Since rebels in Yemen exiled the president, a Saudi-led coalition began bombing. Saudis thought the rebels were Iranian proxies and want the president to retake the capital. Potentially, Saudi Arabia favoured the last regime, yet the president was doing no good for Yemeni people.

By deliberating targetting innocent civilians, Saudi has committed war crimes in Yemen, including unlawful airstrikes on civilians, one of the worst being a US bomb killing 40 schoolchildren by hitting a bus in August. This rich country is bombing one of the poorest countries in the world. 60,000 civilians and combatants have been killed in Yemen since 2016.

The country was also plunged into famine during the same period of the bombing. The Guardian states “an estimated 85,000 children under the age of five have starved to death over the last three years as a result of Yemen’s civil war”. It is being called the worst famine in history. Soon, half the population could be entirely dependant on aid to survive. 

Food prices have doubled and a cholera outbreak has been the worst in history, caused by airstrikes devastating infrastructure and sanitation systems.

20 million people are in dire need of assistance, out of a population of 28 million.

Since 2015, the UK has licensed 4.6 billion pounds worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia and has provided target training to soldiers. If Saudi Arabia is commiting war crimes then the UK and USA are complic.

Bombing is casuing the people of Yemen to suffer, and the UK and US are complicit in selling arms to the bombers, and training them in targetting. We shouldn't need to dig so deep to find this story.

While the world sits idally by, complicit in this worsening situation, corporate greed is prioritised over the Yemeni people.

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