Don’t Abandon Starving Children From World’s Worst Famine

Target: Rt Hon Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP, Speaker of the UK House of Commons

Goal: Support increase in humanitarian aid for Yemen’s displaced and starving people.

The United Nations Secretary-General called the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen “the worst famine the world has seen in decades.” Corruption in the country, its exploitation by other countries as a war-torn political chess piece, and the ravages of a global pandemic have left tens of millions without food, clean water, or even homes. An estimated 16 million people this year alone will suffer from starvation, as evidenced by heartbreaking photos of  young children in the merciless grip of severe malnutrition. Despite the immense need for caring and helping hands, Europe’s leader in this massive outreach has taken a devastating step back.

The United Kingdom (UK) slashed its pledge of yearly aid by half, representing another punishing cut from a previous withdrawal of aid last year. The UK, once a forerunner in helping these human beings in desperate despair, now ranks at the bottom of world powers for its contributions. Such actions will not ultimately harm the leaders with whom foreign governments are in dispute. Taking food and other life-saving aid away will only compound the suffering of vulnerable populations who need help the most.

Sign the petition below to urge a return to empathy, compassion, and basic human decency.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Sir Hoyle,

The world just celebrated International Women’s Day, and in a few short months we will honor the planet’s children. Meanwhile, in war-torn Yemen, millions of women and children are starving and, in the most tragic cases, dying. How has the United Kingdom chosen to address these disparities?…by retracting its helping hand just when it is needed most.

Your former international development secretary warned that the deep cuts made in Yemen aid funding would “condemn hundreds of thousands of children to starvation.” He implored you to honor your “moral obligation” by putting this critical issue to an immediate House of Commons vote. This vote is not a matter of procedure or debates about political punishment. For so many human beings, it’s truly a matter of life and death.

Sir, conduct just one online search of photographs taken of the children of modern Yemen. The images you uncover will haunt you, but they will also speak more loudly than any words ever could. Please understand this vital cause, put the UK humanitarian spirit back on the table, and vote accordingly.

Sincerely

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: USAID




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5 Comments

  1. Paula Morgan says:

    Yemen is starving. It is a war torn nation. The rest of the world, especially the wealthy countries, must step in to save these people. The world has been standing on the sidelines watching this horror play out. Nothing was done. No country stepped up and now the situation is severe. The rich countries say there isn’t enough money but if it were you or your child starving to death what would be your hope? This world is small and what happens to one happens to all. We can not allow those in Yemen to die nor our compassion as human beings to die as well. This is a world problem not just a country problem. They need help and we all must answer to the need and help them!

  2. Joyce O'Malley says:

    Yemen people are victims of hatred and war – this should not not be happening in our world!!!

  3. Paula Morgan says:

    All countries must step up to help feed these starving people. Governments must all come together and send what they can telling the forces of war to step aside if only briefly. No country has the right to do this to their people.

  4. Paula Morgan says:

    No country can turn away from this hunger. No country has the right to treat their citizens in this manner. This is the worst starvation we have faced in decades. All countries must help these starving people. What if it were our families? If countries don’t help at a time like this, then when? I wish countries could come together instead of government rattling their sabers at one another. That proves nothing. Countries want bombs and threats against one another yet true strength lies in compassion, intelligence, and assistance for those less fortunate. These people are in immediate danger and need food now, not next year.

  5. Lisa Allis says:

    What are Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and the American Leaders doing to help these people? Maybe the U.S. should stop spreading war and actually help some of the people in the areas where past U.S. wars have added to the chaos and devastation where innocent children suffer.

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