The UN special envoy for Yemen has warned that the nation is “one step” away from famine, as he called for a humanitarian ceasefire during Ramadan as the first step towards a more lasting peace.
The fighting, which is between Shia Houthi fighters and allied troops, and an allied Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia, has resulted in a serious humanitarian crisis, with 20 million Yemenis now living without access to safe drinking water, and another one million people displaced from their homes.
According to Al Jazeera’s correspondent, Omar al-Saleh, the situation in the capital, Sanaa, is “dire”.
“There are long queues for almost everything here. There is no running water and many rely on tankers. It’s often hours before one arrives,” Saleh said.
A near-blockade of Yemen’s ports has also made it difficult to deliver humanitarian aid, although the International Committee of the Red Cross said a ship carrying 1,000 tonnes of food and three large generators had docked in Yemen’s Hodeida port on Wednesday.
- Pray for Yemen, for a lasting ceasefire in the conflict and a lifting of the port blockade, to enable much needed food, water and aid to be delivered.
- Pray for the Yemeni people who are surviving in increasingly dire conditions. Pray that, during this month of Ramadan, they will have life changing encounters with Jesus, His hope, grace and love.
- Pray for Christians living and working in Yemen, to have many opportunities to share their faith and the Life they have in Christ.
- Pray for an end to the conflicts and power struggles that are engulfing this region of the world.
Psalm 146 vs 5 & 7: “Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God … who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.”