ALERT – Yemen, UN must kick-start peace process | October 20, 2015

Handicap International and ten other international organisations sent a joint letter Monday calling on the United Nations Security Council to press for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen and to begin peace talks aimed at ending the seven-month conflict. The humanitarian organisations also requested an international commission be set up to investigate the possibility of war […]

Handicap International and ten other international organisations sent a joint letter Monday calling on the United Nations Security Council to press for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen and to begin peace talks aimed at ending the seven-month conflict.

The humanitarian organisations also requested an international commission be set up to investigate the possibility of war crimes.

Amid rapidly deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Yemen in recent months, the joint letter also called on the Security Council to demand parties to the conflict immediately provide unimpeded and safe passage of aid to affected communities.

Since March 2015, more than 2,500 civilians have been killed in the conflict, of whom 500 were children. More than 2.3 million people have been displaced.

Handicap International has been providing assistance to the injured in Yemen since 2015. The organisation also recently formed a team of seven specialists to work in core health facilities in the capital Sanaa.

Its teams are active in two hospitals and a rehabilitation centre, helping medical and paramedical staff and physiotherapy technicians case-manage the most vulnerable people affected by the seven-month conflict. The organisation expects to provide direct support to more than 840 people affected by the crisis and 100 staff members in health facilities by the end of 2015. More than 4,000 people will benefit indirectly from this assistance.

The organisation also plans to conduct awareness-raising activities for aid operators to make humanitarian response more inclusive of the most vulnerable.


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