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Yemen is on the brink of famine - ending the fighting in and around Hudaydah is vital to millions of people who are struggling to survive. We urgently need your help to feed families and save lives.
Over eight million people are in extreme hunger across the country and the wider humanitarian situation continues to worsen.
Oxfam has reached more than three million people with lifesaving essentials, like clean water and cash to buy food - but the military onslaught around the port city of Hudaydah is putting yet more children, women and men at risk. Oxfam is working in the worst affected areas in Yemen across the country.
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Last updated: 12/11/18
Every report from our own staff and news teams on the ground brings harrowing accounts of families facing agonising hunger and suffering.
We're calling on the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to put Yemen at the top of his agenda by ensuring an immediate ceasefire, and suspending UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia - but we need your help to convince him to act.
Stop the suffering: Demand a ceasefire in Yemen
Yemenis face the triple threat of war, disease and hunger. The war in Yemen that began in 2015 has left over 22 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Of these people 17.6 million are in need of food and 2.9 million people are homeless.
Between 1 August and 15 October, 575 civilians were killed in the fighting, including 136 children and 63 women. There have been more than 1.1 million cases of cholera in the last 18 months, with over 2,000 of those proving fatal. And there have been over 100 deaths from diphtheria over a similar period. The UN have warned that more than 14 million could die from starvation if the war continues.
The battle for Hudaydah is risking the lives of those caught up in conflict but more widely affect the ability to bring food into the northern parts of the country.
The water supply across Hudaydah city could be critically affected by the conflict, limiting people's access to clean water and increasing the risk of disease. Access to areas where there is fighting will be extremely difficult. Oxfam currently does not have access to Hudaydah city but is in the process of doing an assessment to start a response inside Hudaydah. For now Oxfam is providing people who have fled Hudaydah for Hajjah with hygiene and shelter kits, water and cash
Oxfam works in nine governorates, trucking water and providing cash for people to buy food. Oxfam has so far helped more than 3 million people in Yemen.
Sajjad Mohammad Sajid, Oxfam Country Director in Yemen, said: "People desperately need food and water, medicine and health services, they need aid that can reach them - ultimately they need the conflict to end so they can rebuild their lives. All those fuelling Yemen's tragedy need to stop being arms brokers and start becoming peace brokers. The international community must redouble its efforts to help bring this crisis to a peaceful resolution."
Reacting to the announcement of a halt in fighting in the port city of Hudaydah, Oxfam's Yemen Country Director, Muhsin Siddiquey said:
One civilian has been killed every three hours in fighting in Yemen since the beginning of August, with many more people succumbing to disease and hunger, Oxfam said today. The Saudi-led coalition and the internationally recognised government are... Read more
Oxfam is warning of catastrophic repercussions for people in Yemen if the Saudi and Emirati led coalition, and aligned forces, continue to push for control of the main route linking the port city of Hudaydah to Sana'a.
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