New York, NY, June 12, 2018 — — "The crisis in Yemen has now reached a vital decision point – not just for those active in the conflict but for the wider international system.
"The UN Security Council has appointed a special representative, Martin Griffiths, and must back his diplomatic efforts to avert humanitarian catastrophe at Hodeidah – the critical lifeline for Yemen’s civilian population.
"An attack on the port would be an assault on the chances of a political settlement in addition to a danger to civilian life. All member states, led by the US, must demand that vital humanitarian and commercial imports through Hodeidah are maintained.
"An attack would pose a mortal threat to the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of civilians living in Hodeidah and the millions of civilians throughout Yemen who depend on this port to access food and fuel for their survival,” said David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee.
Learn more about the International Rescue Committee’s work in Yemen, here.
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 29 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. Learn more at www.rescue-uk.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.