I am supporting Save the Children's campaign for Yemen, by cycling 1,000 miles from Lands End to John O'Groats in May/June this year.
Amal Hussain, (pictured) was a 7 year old Yemeni girl, whose name in Arabic means 'hope'. She tragically and needlessly died in October 2018, due to a lack of food and medical supplies, shortly after being featured in western news reports. You can read more about her tragic story in this New York Times piece, published in November 2018..........
The war in Yemen has been raging now for more than 4 years. A complex war with no easy solution, causing what the UN describes as "the worst humanitarian crisis in the world" and one of "devastating proportions" with vulnerable children paying the biggest price.
- 24 million people in Yemen (80% of the population) need humanitarian assistance
- 5 million are on the brink of famine
- 2 million children under the age of five are suffering acute malnutrition
- 85,000 children have died from hunger alone
I have a personal connection to Yemen, having travelled there in April 2014, just before the war started, and I still have friends there. What many people don't know, is that in addition to the war in Yemen, the country is under blockade by the Saudis, preventing much needed food and medical supplies from getting in and preventing sick, injured, dying Yemenis from leaving. There are still no commercial flights in and out of the country. The population is being slowly starved to death.
In Yemen, one child dies every 10 minutes, from hunger or illness which could have been prevented. The plight of millions of Yemeni children is a stain on the world's humanity and sadly there appears little political will to end it, with US and UK Governments heavily involved in selling weapons to Saudi Arabia.
Save the Children are working in 9 governates in Yemen, providing essential humanitarian assistance in the areas of health, food and water security, education and child protection.
Please help me help them with their critical work and give hope to children like Amal before its too late for them.