IRC: Failure to end civil war in Yemen could cost $29 billion

Yemen

Failure to end civil war in Yemen could cost $29 billion
IRC Press Release
Sana’a, Yemen, December 2, 2019 — Almost one year since the Stockholm agreement, the war in Yemen continues unabated. New International Rescue Committee research highlights the devastating impact of continued conflict on ordinary Yemenis. The international community must push the warring parties to build on a rare window of opportunity for peace to secure a nationwide ceasefire.

:: At the current rate of decline, it will take 20 years to return Yemen to pre-crisis levels of child hunger.
:: If the war continues for another five years it will cost the international community as much as $29 billion in humanitarian funding – more than the entire annual humanitarian budget globally.
:: The IRC is calling on members of the UN Security Council to use their significant diplomatic influence to build on recent political developments and kick-start UN-led negotiations.
:: The IRC reaches more than 21,000 people each week with healthcare and nutrition services, women’s protection and empowerment programs and education for children.

The IRC released a new report today detailing the devastating consequences a continuation of the war will have for the people of Yemen. “The War Destroyed Our Dreams” shows that at the current rate of decline, it will take 20 years for the country to return to pre-war levels of child malnutrition, which were already amongst the worst in the world. Another five years of fighting will cost the international community as much as $29 billion USD just to sustain the current level of humanitarian aid.

Recent developments in Yemen suggest a rare window of opportunity has opened to push for peace. The recent power sharing agreement between the Internationally Recognized Government (IRG) and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) offers hope for more inclusive peace talks. However, this is far from assured. World leaders must invest in diplomacy and put their full focus on bringing together warring parties for negotiations. A nationwide ceasefire is needed immediately to avoid further catastrophe…