Interview from Democracy Now:

Earlier this week, aid officials said they’re in a race against time to prevent a famine brought on by a U.S.-backed, Saudi-led war and blockade. Almost 19 million people in Yemen, two-thirds of the total population, are in need of assistance, and more than 7 million are facing starvation. For more, we speak with Joel Charny, director of the Norwegian Refugee Council USA.

“It’s been a relentless war with violations of international humanitarian law by the Saudis and the coalition they’re a part of as well as by the Houthis that are resisting the Saudi assault. And from the beginning of the bombing, when the bombing first started, within the space of a couple weeks the warehouses and office buildings of 3 or 4 NGOs working in Yemen were hit by the Saudi assault. Yemen imports 90% of its food even in normal times, so this is not so much a disruption of food production, but it’s a disruption of commerce due to the bombing, due to the blockade, due to the movement of the national bank from Sana’a down to Aden. And taken all together, it’s just creating an impossible situation in a country that’s completely dependent on food imports for its survival.”

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