Yemen is currently facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis; the United Nations reports that half of the population is already facing pre-famine conditions and is entirely reliant on aid for survival. At least 400,000 children younger than age 5 are at risk of death from malnutrition. Without urgent action, millions of civilians could face starvation solely as a result of an ongoing armed conflict.
Yemeni children who manage to survive will live with the devastating health and development impacts of malnutrition for the rest of their lives.
As people of faith, we call on the U.S. government to use every tool at its disposal to cease U.S. military support of the parties waging war in Yemen, enable aid workers to reach those in need, and promote peace and economic recovery.
Add your name to our petition, and together, we will send a clear message to our leaders: Use diplomacy, economic influence, and other strategies to end the famine conditions in Yemen before it is too late.
To the Trump administration and Congress:
As people of faith, we call on you to use all tools available to the United States to avert further suffering and death in Yemen. Humanitarian officials project that half of the country’s population is on the brink of famine, including 5 million children. Yemeni children who manage to survive will live with the devastating impact of malnutrition for the rest of their lives.
The conflict in Yemen must end to prevent further loss of life. We call on our U.S. government leaders to:
- End all U.S. military and intelligence support to the Saudi-led coalition waging war in Yemen.
- Use U.S. influence and leverage in the region to promote peace and responsible economic policies that will enable the Yemeni population to access and afford food and medicine.
- Ensure the humanitarian response in Yemen is fully funded to meet the immediate nutrition needs of Yemen’s civilian population.
Our God “upholds the just cause of the poor, justice for the needy” (Psalm 140:12). We join in this work by calling on our U.S. government to stop providing support that fuels the war in Yemen and make every effort to end the nation’s famine conditions.
Cc: President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and USAID Administrator Mark Green