Saturday, September 22, 2018 10:40:23 PM
 UN: We Lose Fight Against Famine in Yemen

The United Nations is losing the "fight against famine" in Yemen, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock told the UN Security Council on Friday.

According to AFP, Lowcock said "the situation is very bleak. We are losing the fight against famine. The position has deteriorated in an alarming way in recent weeks.”

“We may now be approaching a tipping point, beyond which it will be impossible to prevent massive loss of life as a result of widespread famine across the country,” the UN official said at an emergency UN Security Council meeting held at the request of the United Kingdom.

"Yemen has been the world’s worst humanitarian crisis," he said, adding that "there are more than 22 million people in need of humanitarian assistance" in Yemen, of which "18 million" suffer from "food insecurity".

"He pointed out that more than 8 million people severely-food insecure, and what that means is that those people do not know where their next meal will come from, and they need emergency food assistance to survive.

"To avoid total collapse and to preserve the lives of millions of people," the UN Security Council must support political negotiations and take "immediate measures to stabilize," he said.

Lowcock stressed that the Council must also push all parties to find practical solutions to key issues, including the opening of an air bridge for civilians to seek medical treatment outside Yemen for diseases no longer treatable inside the country. That would lay the pathway for the opening of the airport in Sana’a.

Two days ago, Save the Children warned that more than five million children in the country were at risk of starvation.

The humanitarian situation in Yemen has worsened since the beginning of the US-Saudi aggression in March 2015, which killed and wounded about 40,000 civilians, according to independent civilian statistics, in addition to the destruction of the infrastructure of the country, under international silence.

The economic blockade and the closure of land, sea and air ports in the country imposed by the US-Saudi aggression besides the bombing of industrial, agricultural and commercial establishments and food stores led  to the deterioration of the living and economic conditions for millions of citizens.

The United Nations remains helpless against Saudi money and American influence, without caring of millions of Yemeni lifes.

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