United Nations Human Rights Council


Sarah Maillet

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Topic A: Effectively addressing the humanitarian crisis in Yemen

March 2019 marks the fourth year of a war that has become the worse humanitarian crisis in the world. We had to wait for the New York Times to publish a skeletal 7 years old girl to shed light on this horrific confrontation and its consequences. The deadliness of civilians’ events bombings is horrific, yet, it is not the deadliest factor. This war has engaged in an economic crisis that has worsened the situation. The support brought by the coalition is helping us fight Houthis rebels. The economic sanctions, in order to cut the resources to the rebels, have impacted our population greatly. Indeed, our currency weakened and our country faced an unbearable inflation creating misery. The humanitarian crisis and economic chaos that ensued means for our population: no access to water, food insecurity and malnutrition, no education, poor health conditions and no vaccine available, no sanitation, a resurgence of deadly diseases like cholera. All these elements are killing our populations. This crisis has striking figures representative of this war. Over 10 000 of our civilians have died in 2017, we cannot even imagine the current figures to that day. Out of over 29 million inhabitants, 24 million are under high stress and need humanitarian help, it is to say three people out of four. Among them, 16 million need access to water and 11 million of them are children. “A child dies every ten minutes from a disease that could have been avoided » and almost 30 000 children die every year from malnutrition.”

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