I echo William Lambers in his July 14, 2022 op-ed, “Children in Yemen Died from Bombs and Malnutrition.” The current truce for the US-backed war and blockade in Yemen between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates expires on October 2. in slow motion.” It is crucial that Congress take a decisive step towards ending this US-sponsored tragedy: pass the bipartisan Yemen War Powers Act without delay.
Ninety percent of Yemen’s food, fuel and medicine is imported. Nearly 2/3 of the population are in a situation of food insecurity. Eighty percent need humanitarian aid. Supplies have increased slightly but insufficiently since the first ceasefire in April this year.
The report by the World Organization Against Torture states: “The blockade must end immediately and completely, rather than being dependent on a fragile and lengthy peace process” and that research into the Saudi blockade of supply transports “does not led to no discovery of weapons”.
The Saudis continue to inflict suffering on Yemen and its civilians because they enjoy extravagant military support from the United States. For more than seven years, your tax dollars and mine have provided the Saudi/UAE coalition with American personnel, American-made warplanes, and targeting advice for coalition airstrikes. on Yemen.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, with the United States as accomplices, bear responsibility for these actions which violate international standards, including the United Nations Convention against Torture.
Ahead of the congressional summer recess, Yemen’s war powers law has been introduced in both the House and the Senate and is supported by a wide range of lawmakers. Activists and organizations from more than 30 countries are calling for an end to US complicity in this unconstitutional war. With the lack of funding from the United Nations World Food Programme, massive starvation and suffering are likely to worsen in Yemen.
Peace in Yemen would be a momentous event. He only stands a chance if our country stops American participation. Congress and President Biden have the tools they need to do this. Pass the War Powers Law in Yemen now.