Oxfam Reports from Yemen - World's Largest Humanitarian Crisis
After four years of civil war in Yemen, the aid organization Oxfam America reports “some 12 million people are at risk of famine … and 17.8 million are food insecure.” Millions have been internally displaced. The main fight is between forces loyal to besieged President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and those allied with Shia Houthi rebels. The conflict is also part of a regional proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Oxfam asserts that, “[a]ll parties to the conflict have committed terrible violence and have laid siege to Yemen’s economy, resulting in the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.” Scott Paul is humanitarian policy lead for emergencies and humanitarian issues at Oxfam. He just returned from Yemen. Scott will share with us what he found and Oxfam’s analysis on how U.S. support for Saudi coalition bombing raids in Yemen is deepening the crisis.