Restore and Expand USAID to Yemen!
Call on the United States to restore USAID funding AND expand humanitarian pledges to Yemen ahead of the March 1st donor conference.
Dear Secretary Blinken and Administrator Steele,
On Monday, March 1st, Sweden and Switzerland are hosting a donor conference for Yemen with the goal of raising $3.8 billion in humanitarian aid. The United States had a direct role in creating the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and has the duty to provide ample relief. We, the undersigned, ask that USAID funding is restored to all parts of Yemen and that the United States dramatically increases aid to Yemen. The conference is hoping that the U.S. pledges $1 billion towards the goal. Based on Oxfam’s Fair Assessment, we are calling on the United States to pledge at least $1.2 billion.
Yemen needs billions of dollars in humanitarian assistance. The USAID funding that was cut off to 80% of Yemen in 2020 would not even scratch the surface of relief for Yemenis who are suffering from hunger and illness. However, a restoration of that aid would set a key example for other nations and show the world that the United States is dedicated to giving Yemen the funding it needs.
Previous humanitarian aid goals set by the United Nations exceeded $2 billion and were not reached. The donor conference goal is even higher, and the United States has an obligation to make a hefty pledge. The $73 million in USAID funding that should be restored is not even close to the amount the United States has an obligation to pay. In the early years of the Saudi-led war on Yemen, the United States refueled Saudi jets midair. The United States sold billions in weapons to the Saudi military and also aided in intelligence sharing and military training.
Saudi Arabia first bombed Yemen almost six years ago, and the United States, up until only a few weeks ago, has been a steadfast ally to these relentless attacks. The United States helped create the largest humanitarian crisis on earth and has the responsibility to pay for Yemen’s recovery if it is serious about peace. Pledging at least $1.2 billion and restoring existing aid promises would encourage other nations to help the conference reach the $3.8 billion mark.
We look forward to seeing how you choose to implement these demands.