World Food Day is celebrated on Oct. 16, but in Yemen people are eating leaves just to survive. A civil war between a Saudi Arabia-led coalition against Iran-backed Houthi rebels has plunged the already impoverished country near(er to) famine.
If we do anything on World Food Day, let’s feed Yemen’s starving population. We must end the war and hunger that is killing civilians. We must ensure humanitarian access to every part of Yemen so people can get life-saving food and nutrition.
All Yemenis are at risk of some calamity in this war. Bombs are hitting homes, schools and hospitals.
The United States has to stop its support of the Saudi coalition and become a peacemaker only. The United States has been providing intelligence and refueling to Saudi planes. As U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., says, “How can the Trump administration deny what everyone can see with our own two eyes? It is as clear as day that Saudi-led coalition is recklessly – and likely intentionally – killing innocent civilians and children, and they’re doing it with U.S. bombs and so-called targeting assistance.”