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CAFOD, other NGOs urge prayer for desperate situation in Yemen

CAFOD, the Catholic international development charity in England and Wales, has joined other nongovernmental organisations in calling for prayer for the desperate humanitarian situation in Yemen.

In a statement CAFOD, the overseas aid agency of the Catholic bishops of England and Wales, said it has joined with Christian Aid, Islamic Relief, Tearfund and World Vision UK urging Christians and Muslims to pray for an end to the world’s ‘worst humanitarian crisis.’

After nearly four years of war in Yemen, more than 14 million people are facing starvation and 85,000 children may have already died from extreme hunger since 2015. The United Nations says one child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen.

There is some hope that a cease-fire brokered in December may help to restore Yemen’s key port of Hodeida to allow food, medicine and humanitarian supplies into the country at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula, CAFOD said.

Picture: A woman stands with children at a makeshift camp for internally displaced people near Sanaa, Yemen, on 28th January 2019. The United Nations says one child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen. (CNS photo/Khaled Abdullah, Reuters).