Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Send food and medical supplies to Yemeni civilians at risk of starvation and death.
Yemeni civilians are starving to death as a result of destruction caused by the ongoing U.S.-backed conflict in the country. These innocent people need help to weather this civil war and its associated violence. Demand that the United States immediately send humanitarian aid to the country’s civilians.
An attempted coup against Yemen’s ruling president on the part of a Shia Muslim sect that expanded into both a Yemeni civil war and a proxy war between Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia has left the country in tatters. Thanks to harsh bombing campaigns in the past few months by an American-backed Saudi coalition, food security has greatly diminished and hospitals have been left with few medical supplies and often no electricity.
According to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, one out of every five Yemeni households are facing “extreme food consumption gaps” that could result in acute malnutrition and, ultimately, death. In hard figures, that adds up to as many as 10 million people. Additionally, civilians who have been wounded in the bombings and other violence are being left without the necessary medical care they need to survive and recover successfully.
Given the United States’ role in the bombing campaigns that put Yemen’s civilians in this dangerous position, it is our duty to do everything in our power to help them survive it. Sign the petition below to demand that President Obama send food and medical aid to Yemen at once to save as many civilian lives as possible.
Dear President Obama,
I am writing you today regarding the ongoing conflict in Yemen. As you well know, the conflict has created a very serious humanitarian crisis in the country. Innocent civilians who have nothing to do with the conflict and just want to live their lives in peace with their friends and families are dying, and that cannot be allowed to continue.
Regardless of what one thinks of the United States’ involvement in the recent airstrikes that Saudi Arabia’s coalition launched in Yemen, there can be no argument that it has exacerbated the crisis. Countless civilians were killed in them, and it positively devastated the country’s food and medical infrastructure. The deaths that have already occurred, and those that are likely to occur as time goes on because of the damage to the country’s infrastructure, are our responsibility.
With that in mind it should be clear that we have a moral obligation to do everything we can to help Yemen’s civilians survive this crisis. According to reports, the most urgent needs are food and medical supplies. I demand that you immediately send this humanitarian aid to Yemen so these innocent people can get the help they need to weather this storm the United States has, in whatever proportion, put them in.
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