The citizens of the Republic of Yemen are suffering from a series of humanitarian disasters, triggered by a violent war that began in 2015. The loss of life, health, and safety is heart-breaking. The situation has been called "Syria without the cameras.";
Over 10,000 civilians have been killed;
Over 42,000 have been injured;
Over 3 million people have been internally displaced;
Over 14 million people are facing famine and malnutrition;
The country is being bombed by a Saudi Arabia-lead Arab coalition, which has routinely struck civilian targets; striking hospitals (such as the Haydan Hospital on October 26, 2015, the Shiara Hospital on January 10, 2016, and the Abs hospital on August 15, 2016), a funeral (on October 8, 2016, killing over 140 people), and a school (on April 7, 2015, injuring children);
Over 400,000 people are suffering from cholera, a treatable disease. It is the worst cholera outbreak on record; and
Meanwhile, the Saudi-lead coalition is imposing an effective blockade on the country, with life-saving supplies of food, medication and fuel often delayed for months. United Nations aid workers were prevented from entering Yemen on July 18, 2017.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
• Initiate an exceptional diplomatic effort, urging the Saudi-lead coalition to immediately cease its airstrikes;
• Open all possible diplomatic channels to urge Yemeni combatants to agree to an immediate cessation of hostilities;
• Encourage both sides in the conflict to seek a long-term, peaceful, and democratic resolution; and
• Undertake a massive increase of life-saving humanitarian aid to Yemen.
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