Dear MoveOn member,
The humanitarian crisis unfolding in Yemen is shocking, and the need for aid to spare the lives of 14 million Yemeni citizens now facing famine becomes more desperate by the day.1
To date, tens of thousands of people have been killed in the ongoing U.S.-backed war in Yemen, and 85,000 children under the age of five have died from starvation.2,3 The magnitude of the crisis is staggering.
MoveOn is working every day to end U.S. military support for this moral atrocity—including pushing senators to take a historic vote last Thursday, a critical step toward addressing this crisis, on the same day warring parties agreed to a crucial ceasefire.4 But Yemenis can't wait that long for the much-needed humanitarian aid.
Doctors Without Borders has been on the ground in Yemen for years, providing critical support and medical care for millions of people who need it most.5 They are continuing to provide direct aid as the conflict rages on, and they need our help.
As the U.S.-supported war continues, Yemen's health care system has been pushed to the brink of collapse. Over half of the country's medical facilities are closed, and Yemeni families trying to travel to one of the remaining clinics must traverse checkpoints, landmines, and snipers just to reach a hospital—and only those with enough funds to pay for medicine can even attempt the journey.6
To address this desperate need for medical aid, Doctors Without Borders has significantly expanded their work in Yemen and now operates 12 health centers and provides support to 20 more across the country.7
In 2018 alone, they sent nearly 850 tons of medical supplies and equipment to Yemen, and volunteer physicians from all over the world working with Doctors Without Borders are working in hospitals on the front lines of the war, treating hundreds of thousands of patients.8
This is lifesaving work, and no organization is better prepared to lead than Doctors Without Borders, which has been providing aid in war-torn countries for over 50 years.
In the past few years, MoveOn members have donated millions of dollars to provide much-needed assistance to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
We supported residents in Flint during the water crisis.
We supported immigrant families being separated on the border.
And we helped provide relief to the victims of the worst wildfire in California history.
Now, we have a chance to support an organization providing lifesaving relief in the world's worst humanitarian crisis.9
Thanks for all you do.
–Iram, Kate, Justin, Nick, and the rest of the team
1. "14 million people in Yemen face 'imminent and great big famine,'" NBC News, October 24, 2018
2. "The Yemen war death toll is five times higher than we think – we can't shrug off our responsibilities any longer," The Independent, October 26, 2018
3. "85,000 children in Yemen have starved to death: Save the Children report," ABC News, November 22, 2018
4. "Senate Votes to End Aid for Yemen Fight Over Khashoggi Killing and Saudis' War Aims," The New York Times, December 13, 2018
5. "Yemen: Crisis Update December 2018," Doctors Without Borders, December 11, 2018
6. "Yemen," Doctors Without Borders, accessed December 16, 2018
7. "Yemen: Crisis Update December 2018," Doctors Without Borders, December 11, 2018
9. "Yemen," UN News, accessed December 16, 2018