DECEMBER 9, 2022
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Congress must get the U.S. out of Yemen

Congress must get the U.S. out of Yemen
MaryDIane Baker

by : MaryDIane Baker , VTDIGGER

Feb 20 2022, 7:02 AMm

Sixteen million people in Yemen face famine, more than half the population, due to almost seven years of the U.S.-supported Saudi/United Arab Emirates blockade and war on Yemen.
Imagine suffering through multiple bombing raids at home, compounded by an air and sea blockade, which have brought about the failure of food, water, fuel and health care systems.
Saudi Arabia increased the pressure on Yemen in the first week of February by launching the worst airstrike campaign the country had yet seen. Targeted were football stadiums, prisons, telecom companies; at least 70 died overnight. These attacks sent the country into a full internet blackout for four days — effectively silencing the Yemeni people.
Children suffer from severe malnutrition and die of starvation, disease and the fighting itself. The United Nations states that preventable causes alone kill one child every 10 minutes. Unreported deaths are much higher. UNICEF spokesman James Elder said, “Yemen is the most difficult place in the world to be a child.” Our tax dollars are paying for this disaster.
On the campaign trail and in a statement in office a year ago, President Biden promised to end involvement in this illegal war. His latest actions contradict those vows. With 80 percent of Yemen’s people in need of humanitarian aid, surely he can’t send more arms and military support, and back these brutal attacks in good faith.
And surely Congress can’t let this situation continue.
As there is now bipartisan support to introduce a Yemen War Powers Resolution, Congress has a responsibility to bring it to the floor, pass it, and bring an end to the U.S. aiding and abetting of this war.

Imagine suffering through multiple bombing raids at home, compounded by an air and sea blockade, which have brought about the failure of food, water, fuel and health care systems. Children suffer from severe malnutrition and die of starvation, disease and the fighting itself. The United Nations states that preventable causes alone kill one child every 10 minutes.

Imagine suffering through multiple bombing raids at home, compounded by an air and sea blockade, which have brought about the failure of food, water, fuel and health care systems. Children suffer from severe malnutrition and die of starvation, disease and the fighting itself. The United Nations states that preventable causes alone kill one child every 10 minutes.

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