Concern CEO says Stockholm agreement signifies hope for 24 million civilians suffering in Yemen

Concern CEO says Stockholm agreement signifies hope for 24 million civilians suffering in Yemen

18 December 2018

Concern Worldwide CEO Dominic MacSorley has welcomed the Hodeidah ceasefire announcement, saying it is a significant step forward for the 24 million Yemeni civilians who are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

Speaking ahead of a Seanad motion on Yemen, he also recognised UN Special Envoy Martin Griffith’s critical involvement in the peace talks.

The Stockholm agreement represents the first real breakthrough for UN-led peace efforts following five years of conflict.

The ceasefire between the two warring parties is due to get underway today (Tuesday, December 18).

Working with an experienced NGO partner on the ground that has been working in Yemen since 2012, Concern has been supporting life-saving humanitarian assistance such as water and sanitation programmes along with support to vulnerable household’s livelihoods through cash transfer programmes since 2017.

Cautiously welcoming the recent agreement, Concern CEO Dominic MacSorley said:

“Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with extreme levels of need created by conflict and severely limited access to humanitarian assistance. Basic services such as healthcare and sanitation have shut down, the economy is on the verge of collapse and people are suffering from severe levels of malnutrition.

“This agreement, which includes the withdrawal of troops from the port city of Hodeidah, the opening of road access to Sana’a and a plan for humanitarian corridors to the city of Taiz, means that much-needed humanitarian assistance should reach innocent civilians sooner rather than later.”

Regional Director, Ros O’Sullivan, who oversees Concern’s emergency operations and has visited Yemen said:

“Every effort is needed now to ensure that civilians get assistance and that more NGOs can access people, who desperately need aid.”

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Note to editors:

  • Yemen is currently the world’s largest humanitarian crisis with 24 million people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Of that number, over 2.3 million people are internally displaced and 17.8 million people are food insecure.
  • Children under five, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are amongst those who are most acutely malnourished.
  • Concern Worldwide is currently working in 24 countries worldwide across Africa and the Middle East including Yemen.
  • Members of the public wishing to help Concern’s efforts in supporting the people of Yemen can log on to www.concern.net.