UN Hopes for Truce in Yemen During Ramadan

UN envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg sat with representatives from the Houthi and Omani Government to talk about the possibility of peace during the month of Ramadan that is due to start in early April.

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Illustration. The conflict in Yemen will make its citizens suffer greatly during Ramadan. (Doc. Lynsey Addario)

ACTNews YEMEN – The United Nations (UN) envoy to Yemen Hans Grundberg recently sat with representatives from the Houthis and the Omani government to talk about the possibility of peace in the upcoming month of Ramadan.

The meeting took place on Saturday (3/19/2022) and was attended by Houthi Chief Negotiator Mohammed Abdulsalam and Omani officials. The discussion focused on the UN’s ongoing consultations and efforts to address the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen, as reported by Anadolu Agency.  

The eight-year conflict in Yemen has created one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, with nearly 80 percent of the population, or about 30 million people, in need of humanitarian assistance and protection while more than 13 million of them are in danger of starvation.

The United Nations says the conflict in Yemen affects not only the local population but also the migrants. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says 190,000migrants from the Horn of Africa, such as Somalia and Ethiopia, are facing the same fate as Yemenis who suffer from food insecurity.

Despite the worsening humanitarian problems, IOM says funding has been decreasing.

The current geopolitical crisis has also posed a threat to the Yemenis. Yemen, which imports most of its wheat from Russia and Ukraine, has experienced a significant decline in wheat supplies. The price of bread has soared, making it difficult for the poor to buy. []