In Yemen, Aid Workers Being Targeted, Can Risk Unfolding Crisis

February 22, 2019

Representatives of international aid and humanitarian organizations functioning in war-wrecked Yemen stated that they are being more and more targeted by the Iran-allied Houthi militia on such a scale that it might threaten attempts to help millions of civilians who are caught in what is already being referred as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Aid workers told a daily that they are facing threats of attack in the areas controlled by the Houthis, which consist of the western parts of the nation and Yemen’s capital, Sanaa.

Members of the Houthi group arrested one humanitarian worker, Awfa al-Naami, in late January and held her captive for weeks and only releasing her on 16th February after constant diplomatic pressure. Naami is the nation manager for Saferworld, a U.K.-based nonprofit organization working in Yemen. Her arrest jolted other aid officials and tended fears that the group would carry out similar abductions.
The Houthis might be probably checking on the international community on how much badgering and bullying they can get away with. If aid groups continue to be aimed and intimidated, they could be compelled to diminish the humanitarian and peace-building efforts, which consist of delivering food and medical supplies and carrying out education program and participation of women in civil society. Any cutback in help could make worse the nation’s humanitarian crisis.
A Yemen researcher at Amnesty International, Rasha Mohamed, stated that charitable workers should have free and unlimited access to civilians in war-conflict zones.
Tens of thousands of people have died in the battle, many in bombing campaigns by the Saudi coalition force, which is backed by the U.S. military. Millions of Yemenis are on the verge of facing famine.
Aid is one of the things that are keeping millions of Yemenis alive right now. Scott Paul who works on Yemen matters for Oxfam America, which runs in the nation. If things linger like this, chief assistance could be in threat, which would put millions at risk.

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