Aid agencies have begun delivering help to civilians in Yemen, where a five-day ceasefire is is currently holding, after nearly seven weeks of Arab coalition air strikes against Houthi separatist fighters.
The humanitarian pause – which began at 11pm local time on Tuesday – is the first break in the air attacks since they started on March 26th. Since then, more than 1,500 people have been killed, according to the UN.
Residents of the Houthi-held capital Sanaa told AFP news agency that the ceasefire came as a much-needed relief, and aid agencies said they were starting to deliver assistance.
Since the start of the air war, there have been repeated warnings of a dire humanitarian crisis in Yemen, with shortages of food, water, fuel and medical aid.
On Wednesday, the UN’s food agency said that the situation in Yemen had become “catastrophic”, and, according to the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the situation for was “very serious and at the moment the country lacks everything”.
- Pray for Yemen – for the ceasefire to hold, and for a desire for peace on both sides of the war.
- Pray for Aid agencies to be able to distribute much needed supplies to those who need it most.
- Pray for Christians in Yemen, to hold onto hope and to be instruments of peace in their communities.
Zechariah 9 vs 10: “… He shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.”