Read-a-thon to Call Attention to the Crisis in Yemen
Sat May 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
Sat May 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Samuel Adams Statue @ Faneuil Hall Marketplace
The lives of 400,000 children in Yemen are at stake over the next several months due to the 7-year-old war being waged primarily by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, but with U.S. arms sales and intelligence-sharing.
The U.S. has waged war and broadened conflicts across the Middle East for nearly 20 years. In addition, the U.S. is the largest arms dealer across the planet, every regional conflict is exacerbated by global arms merchants seeking to profit from people killing each other.
We must focus some necessary attention on the dire crisis in Yemen before the war claims the lives of 400,000 children.
• Yemen is a food and fuel importing nation
• Ports are blockaded so that essential supplies (food, fuel, medicine) are being prevented from reaching the people
• Cities, hospitals, schools, even school buses have suffered relentless bombing campaigns
• 13.5 million people do not have enough food (this number is estimated to rise by the end of June due to aid funding shortfalls)
• 400,000 children are at risk of dying from starvation
• 200,000 people have already died from hunger/disease
• tens of thousands have been killed in bombing attacks
The U.S. Congress has taken too few measures to completely end U.S. support for this conflict. The new administration, despite campaign promises to end this conflict, has held back some arms sales and limited intelligence, has not yet done all it could to stop this conflict and make sure enough aid is provided (the previous administration had cut off aid).
As it becomes possible to gather in the public arena, an open-air “Read-a-thon” will be held to focus public attention on this urgent crisis to do what we can to prevent the deaths of 400,000 children.
We urge the Massachusetts Congressional delegation to actively take all steps needed to end all U.S. participation in this conflict and to make sure that the needed aid is provided to the people of Yemen so that these 400,000 children do not starve to death.
All groups (and individuals) concerned about this crisis are invited to sign onto this project and be readers in the “village square.”
Sign Up: https://forms.gle/98QAv8j672Z5zwnN9