Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is honored to join and endorse the hunger strikers and the Yemeni Liberation Movement on the 10th day of their strike to demand the US end ALL support to the Saudi-led blockade on Yemen. The blockade, now in its fourth month, has prevented all fuel and food from entering the country, leading to mass starvation, electricity shortages, and death. All this while the Yemeni people have endured six years of onslaught from the Saudi-led coalition:
The people of Yemen are being starved due to a war tactics blockade that has been imposed by Saudi-led, US-supported forces. 24 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, and 16 million are at risk of famine. As a result, Yemeni activists have been on hunger strike since March 29, calling on the US and Biden Administration to withdraw support of the Saudi-led blockade on Yemen. This video recaps the first week of the hunger strike.
— Hunger Strike Day 10 – Yemeni Liberation Movement (@LiberateYemen) April 6, 2021
Here are two ways you can get involved:
- Sign this petition and share with your networks.
- Participate in the national day of fasting on Thursday, April 8 in support of the hunger strike and demand @Potus withdraw support of the Saudi-led blockade on Yemen. Post a photo of yourself with the line I am #Fasting4Yemen because __. And include #BidenEndtheBlockade #HungerStrike4Yemen #YemenCantWait in the caption.
The Biden administration is currently supporting (yet denying) a new 3-month-long fuel blockade that has resulted in mass starvation and death. All food and other necessities are unable to be transported into the country, with the ports lined up with rotted food. Hospitals are forced to shut down as they are unable to keep their generators running. According to a 2021 WHO report, nearly 51% of hospitals that were operating before the war are currently either closed or operate at reduced capacity. Yemenis can’t afford to transport themselves to the hospital, with one Yemeni mother expressing in a March 2021 CNN investigation that she had to cut out food and water in order to afford sending her child to receive critical care.
The famine in Yemen is man-made, and we ask that you take action to help alleviate the crisis. Support the Hunger Strike. End the blockade!