Yemen has been crushed since 2015 by a brutal war led by US backed Saudi forces against Houthi rebels in the country. The war was initiated in March of 2015 as a response to the Houthi rebels taking the capital city of Sanaa, marking the overthrow of the old regime and the declaration of a new government. The conflict has proven to be protracted, and violent and combined with shipping embargos and the destruction of Yemen's infrastructure, the war has developed into the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
This past October U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock warned the U.N. Security Council that at least 14 million Yemenis – almost half the population – are on the verge of famine and that more than 3 million have fled their homes as a cholera epidemic rages while thousands have died of preventable diseases. Save the Children found that between April 2015 and October2018 about 84,701 Yemeni children under the age of 5 have died of untreated cases of severe malnutrition.
The US has maintained a stream of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia in the midst of the war, with bombs made by American companies such as Raytheon and Boeing being linked to strikes on civilian sites. Our country is complicit in this immense suffering and prolonged violence in the region. Massachusetts has a duty and opportunity to resist this war, as Raytheon, one of the largest weapons producers in the US is based in Waltham.
We call for the US government to immediately halt its military support of Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen. We call for diplomatic channels to be facilitated as a first step towards a peaceful solution in Yemen. We also insist that the US devote help through humanitarian aid to the region to end the immense wave of starvation and suffering that Yemenis are experiencing.
Yemen Crisis: Why is There a War? - BBC, March 21 2019
10 things to know about the crisis in Yemen - NRC, February 22 2019, Ronald Høvring
Trump Permits Raytheon to Manufacture 'High-Tech Bomb Parts' Inside Saudi Arabia - CommonDreams, June 07 2019
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