BENEFITING: International Rescue Committee
EVENT DATE: Jun 30, 2016
With humanitarian crises taking place all around the Middle East and North Africa region, and all over the world, it is all too easy to switch the TV channel, turn the newspaper page, and scroll a little too quickly through FB newsfeed.
This month, this Ramadan, a month of charity, introspection, and renewal of faith/spirituality, I implore you to seek out an issue; in or around your neighborhood, in your country of origin, anywhere you might feel the calling to do something. Indeed for me, it wasn’t until I started working in and around Djibouti before my attention turned to the dire humanitarian crisis in Yemen just across the Red Sea.
Yemen remains the poorest country in the Arab World, and the current war has led to an urgent need of attention. According to the United Nations, approximately 21 million people, including 8 million children, require immediate help, which warns that the country is on the brink of famine. Even before the conflict began, over half the population lacked access to safe drinking water, and Yemen’s child malnutrition rates ranked among the world’s worst.
- More than 1,000,000 have been displaced by months of violence
- 1,820 people have been killed and 7,330 injured due to the conflict (2015)
- 47% live on less than 2 Euro per day (European Commission of Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection)
- 84,000 acutely malnourished children
- over 1.5 million children are out of school
- 8 million lack adequate healthcare
- 13 million do not have access to clean water and/or sanitation
- 10 million Yemenis are now in need of food-aid.
Please consider donating here to the relief efforts of the International Rescue Committee in Yemen. Despite severe security constraints, the IRC has committed to providing health and nutrition, water and sanitation services to more than a quarter of a million people in Yemen, as well as delivering essential supplies drug and medical supplies to hospitals in the port city of Aden.
“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering. Neutrality helps the side of the oppressor, never the victim. Silence helps the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel