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Tell Congress to stop U.S. support for the war in Yemen

The war in Yemen is driving the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, with a near-famine and the largest suspected cholera outbreak in modern history. Over 24 million people (79% of the population) require humanitarian assistance, while 85% of the population lacks access to basic health care. According to UNICEF, a Yemeni child dies every ten minutes from entirely preventable war-related causes. The IRC is on the ground providing lifesaving assistance and emergency aid, but only a ceasefire will end the suffering in Yemen. A growing number of Members of Congress are recognizing that U.S. military support is fueling the conflict and increasing civilian suffering, and they have the power to stop it. That’s why we need you to make your voice heard by calling Congress today to insist the U.S. end its military support and fully back a much-needed ceasefire.

You have the power to help vulnerable Yemeni families facing malnutrition, violence and disease. By urging Congress to join the International Rescue Committee in calling on all parties in Yemen to stop the fighting and support a U.N.-led peace process, we can help avoid even further humanitarian catastrophe. The U.S. has called for a ceasefire, but without also halting U.S. military support to the Saudi- and Emirati-led Coalition – this call for an end to violence has gone unheeded.

The IRC is supporting vulnerable Yemenis through primary health care, nutrition, water and sanitation programming as well as cash support to help them access food and other essentials for their families. Since 2012, we have saved countless lives by ensuring health facilities have essential staff, drugs, and supplies. But as long as the fighting continues, the people of Yemen will continue to suffer and die. We need Congress to act now.

Congress is currently considering legislation on the U.S. role in the Yemen conflict, so it’s urgent that they hear from you today. By doing so, you’ll be joining the 75% of Americans that are opposed to U.S. military support to the Saudi- and Emirati-led Coalition in Yemen according to a new IRC survey. Let your representatives know that you stand with the people of Yemen and want the U.S. to end its support for a conflict that is inflicting unimaginable suffering on Yemeni civilians.

Call your Senator today.

Here’s what to say: 

My name is _____ and I am a constituent from _____. While I was happy to see the outcome of the recent vote on the War Powers Resolution vote, I remain deeply concerned about the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen. I want the Senator to insist that the Administration end the starvation and suffering of vulnerable Yemeni families by using all legislative and oversight tools at his/her disposal to put an end to US military support for the war and to back a ceasefire.

Your call can make a difference. Congress needs to know that our community of activists care about Yemen, and that begins with you.