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Faith-based groups say fighting created humanitarian crisis in Yemen

Catholic and other faith-based aid groups are urging an end to fighting in Yemen, where three years of war have created a humanitarian crisis, including “the world’s largest food security emergency,” according to the United Nations.

Children are bearing the brunt of Yemen’s conflict, the UN warned, with 80 per cent of them in desperate need of aid and 2 million suffering from acute malnutrition.

“We were shocked about the numbers coming out of Yemen on famine and starvation, especially of children under the age of 5,” said Giovanna Reda of the Catholic aid agency CAFOD, a member of the Caritas network.

Reda expressed concern that if the conflict continues to spiral, it will unfold into a “protracted humanitarian crisis.”

“We are calling for humanitarian access and a diplomatic solution to the war,” she said of all parties involved. “People should not be allowed to die because they no longer have food.”

Reda told Catholic News Service that the critical situation prompted her London-based agency to get involved in the impoverished country found at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula. The civil war there – pitting government troops and Houthi rebels, proxies of Saudi Arabia and Iran – is having a decimating impact, she said.

Picture: A boy shouts during a protest in Sanaa, Yemen, on 26th April. Catholic and other faith-based aid groups are urging an end to fighting in Yemen, where three years of war have created a humanitarian crisis, including “the world’s largest food security emergency,” according to the United Nations. (CNS photo/Mohamed al-Sayaghi, Reuters).