Breaking the silence on Yemen

Just how important would peace in Yemen be for the women, girls and families who have been fighting for survival for nearly four years?

The human toll of Yemen's civil war bears not just repeating, but urgent action. A shaky political transition led to fighting in 2015, and has since escalated into a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people according to 2017 figures from the United Nations. Many more have died from malnutrition and disease.

Today, Yemen is the world's worst humanitarian disaster.

For mothers and fathers who are struggling to provide for their families, there are no public services and no health care. Employment is difficult to come by. As the price of fuel has climbed, young girls are walking for hours for water or food.

More than 8 million people face the risk of starvation.

As the fighting has targeted civilians and damaged infrastructure, including roads, mills, ports and medical facilities. CARE is working tirelessly to reach those in need reaching 1 million of the most vulnerable Yemenis every month with essential food, water and sanitation services.

The end of conflict would allow families to access food, for fixes to water and sanitation systems, for health care services to resume. An end to conflict would allow families to return their children to school, for them to dream of a future without war.

The close of 2018 saw a flicker of hope for the people of Yemen, as parties in Sweden reached an agreement that eased some of the violence.

"The agreement from Sweden is incredibly encouraging to all of us who seek an end to the war and suffering in Yemen. We are delighted to hear that parties to the conflict have agreed to a ceasefire in and withdrawal from Hodeidah and a humanitarian corridor in Taiz. This is the best news in a long time for the people in Yemen," said CARE Yemen Country Director Johan Mooij following the announcement in December.

"Hunger and famine are a direct result of war, and can only fully be eliminated by bringing the conflict to an end. There is no military solution to the crisis in Yemen. The only solution is political."

Until peace comes to Yemen, we must give a voice to the woman, girls and families who are suffering quietly, away from the eyes of the world.

Taqia is a widow who lives with her daughter and grandchildren.

She told CARE: “Five years ago we were able to survive on what little we had, but since the war I was hardly able to feed my family. My daughter and her children are completely dependent on me. Sometimes I cry at night about our situation. Sometimes I can hardly sleep when I hear my grandchildren crying from hunger. Sometimes I go out and walk for hours until I reach a restaurant or a supermarket, hoping to get food from them.”

The people of Yemen need us now - share their stories, and demand to hear more of them.

Together, we can help bring an end to this inequality.