Since the breakout of war in Yemen, two million people have been displaced from their homes and thousands more have perished. A new report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated that seven million people in Yemen are on the verge of starvation, while 2.3 million children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition.
Many people in Yemen have died from treatable diseases such as cholera, but health services are unable to reach homes due to the uncertainty of war. Government forces (backed by Saudi Arabia) are fighting the Houthis (backed by Iran) who are loyal to the former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. During his first foreign trip, Trump negotiated a $500 million ammunitions deal with Saudi Arabia that was approved by the Senate in June.
Instead of exacerbating the problem, the U.S. needs to set up a cease fire in the region to allow humanitarian supplies and services to help the Yemenis in need. It is not beneficial for the Yemenis if the U.S. is supplying a foreign power that has no regard for the lives of a nation’s civilians. Since the outbreak of the war, 4,791 civilians have been killed and 8,533 injured due to a lack of precision from Saudi Arabian bombs.
Source: Middle East Monitor