Humanitarian Support for the Brotherly People of Yemen

  • 14 June 2015

The directives issued by President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (may God protect him), to mobilize urgent relief for the brotherly people of Yemen shows the humane approach the UAE adopts towards brotherly and friendly countries around the world. Yemen is facing all kinds of adversities and is in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, including food, medicine and other relief supplies.

Indiscriminate bombings carried out by Houthis and their allies in Yemen have targeted residential neighborhoods, resulting in the displacement of civilian population, including children, women and the elderly, as well as the destruction of infrastructure, public facilities, schools and government buildings. They have been targeting sites with tens of thousands of unarmed civilians from affected governorates in the cities of Aden, Taiz, Dhali, Abyan, Hodeidah, Amran and Sana’a. Thousands of Yemenis have been killed and epidemics and diseases have spread among the population.

The country is faced with scarcity of medicine and medical services as hospitals and health centers have been devastated. This is the hard reality facing the Yemeni people. According to a statement issued recently by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), about 80 percent of Yemen’s population; i.e. over 20 million inhabitants including nine million children, are in need of humanitarian aid. The UNICEF pointed out that among these about five million people, particularly in the southern governorates, need aid urgently.

The directives of the UAE’s wise leadership include sending 4,000 tons of humanitarian relief to the country. The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has been given the responsibility to carry out this mission. Such efforts are a matter of pride for every citizen and resident living in this generous land as they send a message to organizations and governments all over the world that they have to assume responsibilities towards the Yemeni people who are in dire need of help and must be saved from the Houthis and their allies.

Houthis and their allies’ coup against a legitimate government in Yemen, seizing of Sana’a and many other cities, and use of arms prove their thirst for blood of children, women and elderly, without the slightest qualms of conscience. This calls for the world to mobilize its efforts to rid the Yemeni people of this scourge, stop the Houthis from inflicting further miseries on its people and for security and stability to be established in the country. Only this will ensure a bright future for the country free of conflict and from all armed militia and outlaws.