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Albuquerque Journal Oped: Save Yemen from Starvation on World Food Day

World Food Day is celebrated on Oct. 16, but in Yemen people are eating leaves just to survive. A civil war between a Saudi Arabia-led coalition against Iran-backed Houthi rebels has plunged the already impoverished country near(er to) famine.

If we do anything on World Food Day, let’s feed Yemen’s starving population. We must end the war and hunger that is killing civilians. We must ensure humanitarian access to every part of Yemen so people can get life-saving food and nutrition.

All Yemenis are at risk of some calamity in this war. Bombs are hitting homes, schools and hospitals.

See my full commentary in the Albuquerque Journal:

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Instead of sending weapons to the Middle East, we should be sending food

President Trump’s new arms agreement with Saudi Arabia ignores the most urgent threat in the Middle East: famine.

Yemen is on the brink of starvation because of a civil war between a Saudi-led coalition and rebels. Sending more arms to Saudi Arabia will strengthen its military machine to further wage war in Yemen. As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, “many of the armaments we’re providing to Saudi Arabia will help them be much more precise and targeted with many of their strikes.”

What we should be doing instead is providing food to Yemen.

See my full commentary at The Hill:

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Yemen: the Forgotten Famine

Yemen has been in the news this week after Al Qaeda attacked a military base in the southern part of the country. Both the Al Qaeda and ISIS terrorist groups are operating in Yemen, which has been in chaos from a civil war since last year.

But what has not made the news is the biggest threat of all to Yemen: famine.

See my full commentary at the Huffington Post:

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UN official says Yemeni cities low on food

Food supplies are starting to reach the Yemeni city of Taiz, which has been under siege from a civil war. Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, has been engulfed in conflict since last year.

Read the full article at Examiner.

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Yemen: struggle against famine continues

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) continues to bring life-saving aid daily to starving civilians in Yemen. WFP just delivered food Thursday to the besieged city of Taiz.

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WFP, UNICEF aid cyclone victims in Yemen

The United Nations warned on Monday that Tropical Cyclone Megh is “causing significant damage” to homes and livelihoods in Yemen. The storm, with high winds and heavy rains, made landfall on Socotra Island on Sunday, killing six people and causing displacement of thousands.

Read the full article at Examiner.

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Cyclones strike Yemen, thousands displaced and needing aid

The United Nations, in an update released Sunday night, says over 6,000 families have been displaced in Yemen from Tropical Cyclone Chapala. Several fatalities and over 60 injuries have been reported. Another storm, Cyclone Megh, has also just made landfall in Socotra, a Yemeni island already damaged from Cyclone Chapala.

Read the full article at Examiner.

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