The facts behind the man-made famine threatening Yemen

Two years ago conflict escalated in the Middle East’s poorest country: Yemen. Now today 7 million people are one step away from famine.

Oxfam has been able to reach 1 million people so far. And governments are meeting at the end of April to pledge more aid money. But this isn’t enough.

Peace is the best way to avert famine in Yemen. So we’ve set a date for UN Peace Talks to happen and we need your help. Can you join this Yemen Peace Talks Facebook Event, invite your friends and your government and post why you want peace talks to happen?

Airstrikes continue

The facts are cruel but true. Over the past 24 months, airstrikes and fighting have killed more than 7,600 people and resulted in an average of 70 casualties per day.

The conflict involves among others, the Government of Yemen backed by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia, and the Houthis, aligned with Yemen’s former president.

You can find out more on our interactive map below:

The situation in Yemen is part of the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations, with more than 20 million people facing starvation and famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen.

Yemen needs peace

It’s not enough just to pay for aid to Yemen. We need peace – it’s the best way to avert famine.

Together let’s make this Facebook event into a reality – join up, invite your friends and your government, and leave a comment there to what peace means to you, or tell us why you want it to happen.

You can also donate to Oxfam's humanitarian work in Yemen.

Photo: Farah*, 8, collects water from the Oxfam water distribution point at the Al-Manjorah IDPs camp, Bani Hassan District, Hajjah, Yemen. Credit: Moayed Al-Shaybani/Oxfam

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