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Press release


Ending the war in Yemen should be at the forefront of French diplomacy

Action Against hunger welcomes the U.S. decision and supports the efforts announced by President Joe Biden to find a political solution to this conflict. The war has already cost the lives of thousands of civilians and calls on him to continue his efforts by reversing the Trump administration’s decision to designate Ansar Allah, known as “Houthis”, as a terrorist organization. Indeed, this decision is a real threat to delivering humanitarian aid and essential goods such as food, fuel, and medicines to the country. The revocation of the American decision is now an absolute emergency for Yemen.

“The arms sales to the countries involved in the war in Yemen had dramatic human consequences. Today, only collective efforts will stop the suffering of the civilian population in this six-year war. An end to arms sales and the guarantee of neutral, independent, and impartial humanitarian access are of utmost importance today,” said Jean-François Riffaud, Action Against Hunger CEO.

In Europe, France is among the last countries to deliver weapons to countries engaged in the conflict despite the risk they may be used illegally against civilian populations. We call on France to put its diplomacy at the service of a political solution to the conflict and a ceasefire in Yemen, prioritizing protection and humanitarian aid to civilians rather than its revenues from arms sales. France must end its military support to countries engaged in the war in Yemen and stop fueling civilians’ suffering trapped by the conflict.

Hostilities remain the leading cause of hunger in Yemen, and conflict pushes the country to the brink of famine. Today, Yemen is experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Some 13.5 million people, or 45% of the country’s population, suffer from hunger, and 16,500 people are already facing a famine-like situation. If it does not improve quickly, some will starve to death due to extremely high malnutrition levels.

“In the last six months, the number of children treated by Action Against Hunger for acute malnutrition has increased by 41%,” explains Jean-François Riffaud.

Action Against Hunger is operating in Yemen since 2012, implementing activities in some of the most affected regions. The rate of acute malnutrition among children exceeds 20%, such as Hodeidah, Abyan, Lahj, and Taiz.

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