Be a Hero for Yemeni Children, Enrique Iglesias!

Enrique Iglesias — widely known as the King of Latin Pop — partners with Save the Children to help kids in emergency situations. “I’m extremely excited to partner with Save the Children to help kids who need it the most,” he said in 2017. “My heart goes out to the kids around the world who have lived through a humanitarian crisis and have to rebuild their lives from scratch,”

Yemen is the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet. The situation is so severe that every ten minutes a child in Yemen dies from malnutrition as a result of the Saudi-led bombing campaign. But, because it is a manmade crisis created by war and because it is ongoing, there is no opportunity for communities to receive aid to rebuild. Children in Yemen just want to live.

Please add your name to our letter appealing to Enrique Iglesias to act for the children of Yemen by canceling his February 2020 concert in Saudi Arabia.


Dear Enrique Iglesias,

We appeal to you to cancel your February 21, 2020 concert at the Tantora cultural festival in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia.

You have for a long time partnered with Save the Children, in 2017 saying: “My heart goes out to the kids around the world who have lived through a humanitarian crisis and have to rebuild their lives from scratch,” But, in Yemen, because it is a manmade crisis and the Saudi-led war is ongoing, there is no opportunity for communities to receive aid to rebuild. Yemen is the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet. Since 2015, when the war began, around 85,000 children under the age of five have died of hunger and more continue to perish every day. According to the UN, that’s one child every around every ten minutes.

In July 2019, hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj canceled her performance at the Jeddah festival in Saudi Arabia after learning about the terrible human rights abuses committed by Saudi Arabia. “While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression,” she said.

Though Saudi women have recently seen a small increase basic rights as they were granted the right to drive in 2018, the very women who campaigned for this right in Saudi Arabia have since been arrested, imprisoned, and tortured through electroshock, beatings, sexual harassment, and waterboarding. On August 1, 2019, Saudi Arabia announced that they would be doing away with part of their oppressive male guardianship system, finally allowing women to travel without permission from a male relative, but Saudi women still have to get the permission of their male guardian to marry or divorce and they still face state-sponsored misogyny and gender-segregation.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has still not been held accountable for the barbaric murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose dead body was chopped up with a bone saw and dissolved in acid to hide the evidence.

We hope for the sake of Yemeni children, Saudi women, minorities, dissidents and journalists — including justice for Jamal Khashoggi —, you will decide to follow Nicki’s Minaj’s lead and cancel your February 21 concert at the Tantora festival in Saudi Arabia.

Sincerely,

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  • Carla Davis
    @cmouse35 tweeted link to this page. 2019-09-27 17:36:07 -0400
    Dear @enriqueiglesias, You work with @save_children but did you know that a Yemeni child dies every 10 mins due to Saudi bombing? Help save Yemeni children by canceling your Feb 2020 concert at #WinteratTantora festival #BoycottSaudi #YemenCantWait https://www.codepink.org/enriquedontgotosaudi?recruiter_id=362132
  • Carla Davis
    signed 2019-09-27 17:35:55 -0400
  • Laura Bertel
    signed 2019-09-27 15:37:20 -0400
    I always thought of you as a kind and down to earth person. Please respect the boycott line and do not promote imperialism or violence. I love your work and you have helped me through so much. Please do not make me boycott you :(
  • Barbara Kausen
    signed 2019-09-27 15:35:16 -0400
    Yemeni lives matter!
  • Jihaan Haffajee
    signed 2019-09-27 15:29:44 -0400
  • Robert Weaver
    signed 2019-09-27 15:16:49 -0400
  • Laurel Hays
    signed 2019-09-27 15:14:26 -0400
  • Stephen Liss
    signed 2019-09-27 15:09:34 -0400
  • Lisa King
    signed 2019-09-27 15:01:39 -0400
  • Salvatore Conte
    signed 2019-09-27 15:01:38 -0400
  • Alex Agudelo
    signed 2019-09-27 08:42:12 -0400
  • Andrew Tiernan
    signed 2019-09-27 02:39:16 -0400
  • Judith Pierre
    signed 2019-09-27 00:49:19 -0400
  • Brett Dennison
    signed 2019-09-26 22:27:35 -0400
    Brett Dennison
  • Joya Beebe
    signed 2019-09-26 22:06:08 -0400
    Joya Beebe
  • Asaad Aljaboubi
    signed 2019-09-26 21:21:58 -0400
  • Robert Beebe
    signed 2019-09-26 20:07:04 -0400
  • Wisam Elmajed
    signed via 2019-09-26 18:40:16 -0400
  • Marie Lloyd
    signed 2019-09-26 17:30:01 -0400
    Yemeni kids have been born into a hellish conflict with no interest in their survival. Thank you, Enrique Iglesias, for loving them enough to take action and cancel your concert in Saudi Arabia.

    Gracias!
  • Melvi Lucía Adams segueri
    signed 2019-09-26 17:20:44 -0400
  • Aaliya Briggs
    signed 2019-09-26 16:59:12 -0400
  • Judith Brown
    signed 2019-09-26 16:32:15 -0400
    It’s about time these stars who support tyrannical regimes are boycotted.
  • gilda morkert
    signed 2019-09-26 16:26:09 -0400
    Please take a stand.
  • kari franzen
    signed 2019-09-26 16:24:17 -0400
  • Adam Izak-Sunna
    signed 2019-09-26 16:15:42 -0400
  • Helen Babcock Babcock
    signed 2019-09-26 16:15:00 -0400
  • Ariel Gold
    @ArielElyseGold tweeted link to this page. 2019-09-26 14:43:12 -0400
    Dear @enriqueiglesias, You work with @save_children but did you know that a Yemeni child dies every 10 mins due to Saudi bombing? Help save Yemeni children by canceling your Feb 2020 concert at #WinteratTantora festival #BoycottSaudi #YemenCantWait https://www.codepink.org/enriquedontgotosaudi?recruiter_id=686775
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