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Donate to Yemen and Save Lives

The outbreak of war in Yemen has not only killed thousands but has also destroyed an infrastructure that allowed Yemeni civilians to access food. With significant trade routes in ruins and airports in shambles, there are very few ways to get food into the country, except for humanitarian aid. 

The situation in Yemen for years has been called the world’s “worst humanitarian crisis,” with no relief in sight. UNICEF has shared that 80% of Yemen’s population requires humanitarian assistance, most of whom are children. When you donate to Yemen, you choose to give the gift of life back to a people who are on the brink of extinction. 

Yes, Yemenis could be gone from the world unless our community acts NOW. This mass extinction is the culmination of various reasons that range from indiscriminate killings via missiles to the bombing of crucial infrastructure. Now, that also includes the threats of cholera and COVID-19. 

We have covered why Yemen needs the Muslim community’s support before. Still indeed, as we approach Udhiya/Qurbani season, we need to consider making donations to help our Yemeni brothers and sisters. 

Here are some reasons you should donate to Yemen and start talking to your friends and family about it:

The Human Cost of War

The war in Yemen has been raging for five years now. The war in Yemen has killed 130,000 Yemenis. Of these, more than 12,000 civilians have been killed. Of the civilians being killed, 25% are children. How can our community rest knowing innocent children are dying preventable deaths?

Children are not just getting killed from the violence; they are also casualties of a far more painful death: malnutrition.

Yemen’s Famine Is Endangering Lives

The outbreak of war in Yemen has not only killed thousands but has also destroyed an infrastructure that allowed Yemeni civilians to access food. With significant trade routes in ruins and airports in shambles, there are very few ways to get food into the country, except for humanitarian aid. 

The war has led to food shortages that continue to affect the most vulnerable: children. A staggering 2.3 million children are suffering from acute malnutrition. Without proper treatment, 400,000 of these children are at risk of dying

The New York Times reports that nearly half of Yemen’s population suffers from food insecurity. That is 13.5 million Yemenis who are struggling to find food. By the end of this month, June 2021, it is projected that an additional 3 million Yemenis will become food insecure. 

Zakat Foundation of America works on the ground to deliver life-saving food aid. We work to hand-deliver food baskets and fresh meat to countless families in Yemen

A Yemeni child receives a share of freshly slaughtered meat for Udhiya/Qurbani from Zakat Foundation of America. | Zakat Foundation of America photo

The COVID-19 Pandemic Threatens Yemenis

Human Rights Watch is sharing that Houthi authorities are endangering the lives of Yemenis by disseminating lies about the COVID-19 virus and underreporting COVID-related cases and deaths. With Yemen’s health care already in jeopardy because of the destruction of hospitals and clinics from the war, this misinformation campaign further threatens Yemenis. Yemeni health care workers share how their medical facilities are ill-equipped to deal with waves of COVID-19 cases. 

On top of this misinformation campaign by Houthi authorities, they also block access to life-saving COVID-19 vaccines to Yemeni civilians. Humanitarian organizations like Human Rights Watch are calling on international intervention because without it, this will lead to mass suffering for the Yemeni people.  

Yemen needs you now more than ever. With drops in humanitarian aid by the United Nations, Yemenis are currently in the hands of humanitarian organizations like Zakat Foundation of America on the ground.

Won’t you help? Make a gift to save Yemenis now.

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