Yemen's "man-made crisis" is "futile and cruel" Security Council hears

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John Ging, Director of the Operational Division of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), briefs the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Yemen. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Yemen's man-made crisis is borne out of a "futile and cruel" conflict that has left 17 million short of food, and fuelled the world's worst ever single-year cholera outbreak.

That's the assessment of senior UN officials briefing the Security Council on Tuesday.

More details from Matt Wells.

Since the conflict in Yemen deepened in early 2015, when a Saudi-led coalition joined the government side against Iran-backed Houthi rebels, civilian suffering has deepened.

John Ging, Director of Operations for the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, gave the Council a snap-shot of how bad things had now become.

"Seven million people are faced with the threat of famine and all of this is exacerbated by the largest single year cholera outbreak ever recorded. As the conflict continues two million people remain displaced. They live in crowded, unsafe, unsanitary, undignified spontaneous settlements where shelters are exposed to the elements, made of rags, cardboard and just about anything else they can find on the streets. This remains a man-made crisis, generating intolerable suffering for the Yemeni people."

The Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has been trying to bring the warring parties back to the negotiating table for months, but at the same time there has been a "sharp increase" in civilian casualties, he said.

He said the economy was shrinking, and every facet of life is now a daily struggle, with "no winners on the battlefield".

After meeting with Yemeni and international officials during the recent General Assembly opening, he said a proposal was on the table to rebuild trust, and ease the humanitarian suffering.

The envoy said he hoped a commitment to more talks would "translate into action" for the sake of the Yemeni people and a peaceful resolution, at last.

Matt Wells, United Nations.

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