The largest humanitarian disaster going unreported right now is the Saudi Arabian war on Yemen. For several years now the Kingdom has been launching attacks on the sovereign state of Yemen which has cost the lives of tens of thousands of people. This story is going ignored by the mainstream media because it severs the interests of U.S. ally Saudi Arabia. The Saudis are responsible for terrible human rights disasters in the country which they continue to mass murder civilians. All of which is blanked out by the mainstream media of the imperialist countries.
The war has pushed the country to the brink of famine. Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary-general, stated that international donors at a Geneva aid conference have pledged $1.1 billion to help beleaguered, war-torn country. After applauding the donations he lamented the fact that they had only raised 15% of the amount desperately needed.
Aid groups are demanding increased access to people in need, a halt to airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition that is fighting Yemen’s Shiite rebels, and more respect for international law. One report claims that a child dies as a result of the ongoing conflict every ten minutes. António Guterres said, “This means 50 children in Yemen will die during today’s conference, and all of those deaths could have been prevented.”
After two years of war, the country has been utterly destroyed by Saudi airstrikes. The nation is on the verge of a total collapse. Its currency, agriculture, infrastructure, health care and even the most basic social cohesion have been destroyed by the war, and about 7 million people are on the brink of starvation, while two-thirds of the population relies on humanitarian aid to survive. The World Food Program and the U.N.’s Children’s Agency warn that half a million children are so malnourished that they will likely die if they do not receive immediate care.
The Saudi war of terror on Yemen places them against Shiite rebels known as Houthis. The Houthis are currently in control of the capital, Sanaa, and much of Yemen’s western coast, which includes the vital port of Hodeida. Currently, Yemen imports 90% of its food, and 70% of that comes through Hodeida, which the Saudi navy is carrying out a blockade against. Only a small amount is being allowed through. The Suadi government is deliberately causing a massive food shortage, blocking food from entering the country.
This is nothing less than mass murder being perpetrated by Saudi Arabia, which the U.S. has been dead silent about. U.S. foreign policy has been supportive of the Saudi conflict. Canada has also been complicit by selling weapons to the government, which has possibly the worst human rights record in the world.