Joint statement by CARE International, Save the Children International, Norwegian Refugee Council and Oxfam on the Yemen pledging conference 2019
Tuesday, 26 February 2019: Today, governments took a step to alleviate the suffering of millions of people who are victims of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, by pledging 2.6 billion dollars so far.
It’s a long way from the 4.2 billion US dollars that are needed to support an estimated 24 million people in Yemen -almost 80% of the population - who need humanitarian assistance in 2019, many of whom are hovering on the brink of famine.
We welcome the support for humanitarian efforts, which are ensuring that Yemeni people have access to food, clean water, education and adequate health care, as well as treating women and children for malnourishment and helping them cope with the enormous stresses they face daily.
We are ready to scale up our activities in Yemen and depend on donors for continued funding.
Yet financial support is not enough.
We desperately need commitments from some of the very same countries present today to allow unconditional access for humanitarian assistance and commercial imports to all parts of the country.
We want to hear world leaders promise to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure such as schools and hospitals, and to hold to account those who disregard international law.
The countries selling arms to warring parties in Yemen need to stop these deals with immediate effect and put in place strong monitoring and accountability mechanisms, so that devastating weapons will no longer kill and injure civilians in Yemen.
Arms must stop flowing into Yemen and political negotiations need to be supported by all involved in this conflict.
We need to see a country wide ceasefire, protection of humanitarian workers and an inclusive peace agreement.
Only an end to hostilities can truly end the suffering of the Yemeni people.
They do not have the luxury to wait for peace any longer – they are dying every single day this war continues.
CARE has been working across Yemen since 1992 focusing on women’s and youth economic empowerment; prevention of gender-based violence; social inclusion; water resource management; civil society strengthening; good governance; and providing humanitarian assistance. CARE has a long history of implementing both development and humanitarian programming aiming to increase people’s ability to cope with crises and preparedness. CARE Yemen reaches around one million people a month and employs 300 national and international staff.
Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organisation fighting poverty and providing assistance in emergencies. Our emergency responses focus on the needs of the most vulnerable populations, particularly women and girls. CARE works in 93 countries, supporting 950 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects, reaching more than 62 million people directly (as per fundraising year 2017).
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