Following a drop in a UN donor conference for Yemen, key U.S. senators are pushing for more humanitarian assistance.
A group of influential U.S. lawmakers has called on the Biden administration to help raise 2.5 2.5 million in aid for Yemenis, described as “the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.”
In a Open letter On Tuesday, four U.S. senators called on Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to provide more assistance to Yemen and to mobilize other countries after the recent UN call for funding for the war-torn country was reduced.
The UN Conference It wanted to raise 3. 3.85 billion in March but only raised 35 1.35 billion. The Biden administration pledged 19 19 million in U.S. aid, with international aid agency Oxfam requesting Washington’s contribution to be below the ন 1.2 billion “fair share.”
“More than 200 million Yemenis depend on humanitarian aid for survival and we cannot disappoint them,” read a bilateral letter signed by Democratic Senators Chris Murphy and Jan Shaheen, as well as Republican Senators Jerry Moran and Todd Young.
“Unfortunately, the terrible threat of famine has re-emerged. Nearly 50,000 people in Yemen are living in famine-like conditions five miles away, “the lawmakers said, urging Blinken to support a second humanitarian conference for Yemen.
Switzerland and Sweden have called for another fundraising conference to cover the 2.5 billion deficit.
The senators said in their letter, “By mobilizing the resources needed to save the famine and save lives, we urge you to work with other major donors to rally around this meeting.”
Murphy traveled to the region this week and met on Tuesday in Amman with the US special envoy for Yemen, Tim Lendrink, and a group of European diplomats.
Ender was on a visit to Saudi Arabia and Oman on April 29 to discuss Yemen.
“People certainly expect the United States to contribute its fair share. This is definitely a welcome letter, ”said Hassan L. Tayeb, a Washington lobbyist, of the Franks Committee on National Legislation, a queer lawyer.
However, al-Tayyib told Al Jazeera that “help alone is not enough to help the people.”
“It’s a band-aid at best,” he said. “All Yemen needs is a nationwide ceasefire that ends the war.”
Tim Lendrink, Special Envoy of Yemen, and I met this morning in Amman to coordinate with the European Ambassadors to Yemen. There is a growing international sensation centered on the desperate need for a ceasefire. pic.twitter.com/47VCi1aTbv
– Chris Murphy (ChrisMurphy) May 4, 2021
President Joe Biden is there Withdrawal of US support For the offensive operations of the military alliance in Yemen led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and Stopped arms sales To Saudi Arabia which was previously approved by the Trump administration.
In 2015, Huhi rebels seized large swathes of territory, including the capital, Sanaa, and ousted Saudi-backed Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in 2015.
There were both the Hatis and the Saudi-led coalition Accused of war crimes During the ongoing dispute.
Biden is also in February Listed the Houthi movement in Yemen As a “foreign terrorist organization,” it undoes former President Donald Trump’s last-minute move that aid groups say will prevent much-needed aid from reaching a large segment of Yemen’s population.