'We urge all parties to the conflict to remember that the people of Yemen must come first.'
Letter in The Telegraph signed by Oxfam GB and 13 other aid organisations. Read the full letter
Continuing conflict, airstrikes and restrictions on imports have left 14 million people facing famine in Yemen. Nearly half of all children aged between six months and five years are chronically malnourished.
Before this war, Yemen was already one of the poorest countries in the Middle East. Its citizens relied on imports for 90 per cent of their food. Over three years of violence has pushed the country to the brink of famine.
Food supplies and distribution networks have been bombed and attacked.
The currency has collapsed and the price of essential food items has doubled.
Sickness and disease are killing people already weak through starvation.
"I think many of us felt as we went into the 21st century that it was unthinkable that we could see a famine like we saw in Ethiopia… the reality is that in Yemen that is precisely what we are looking at."
Lise Grande, UN Humanitarian co-ordinator for Yemen
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Since April 2015, Yemen has been in the grip of a war where the Saudi-led coalition and the internationally recognised government are battling with the Houthis to control key ports and cities in the country.
Ordinary civilians are paying the terrible price. Around 22.2 million people – 75% of the entire country - are in need of humanitarian and protection assistance1.
All warring parties, and those fuelling the conflict through arms transfers, are implicated in this totally man-made humanitarian crisis.
"Famine is imminent. It could happen any time... People have [sold] all their belongings and they have nothing more to sell in order to get food. There are no job opportunities."
An Oxfam Aid Worker in Yemen
We’re calling on all sides to agree an immediate ceasefire, a halt of international arms sales to all sides, the reopening and repairing of ports, and the guaranteed protection of aid deliveries, food imports and food production.