“Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.” —— May the words of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel help guide us to speak out against the atrocities occurring in Yemen because of Saudi Arabi’s war. The United States government continues to support the Saudi-led war: “The harshest criticism of the Saudi-led war has focused on the airstrikes that have killed thousands of civilians at weddings, funerals and on school buses, aided by American-supplied bombs and intelligence... Under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi-led coalition and its Yemeni allies have imposed a raft of punitive economic measures aimed at undercutting the Houthi rebels who control northern Yemen. But these actions — including periodic blockades, stringent import restrictions and withholding the salaries of about a million civil servants — have landed on the backs of civilians, laying the economy to waste and driving millions deeper into poverty.” Declan Walsh
If the 14 other nations that are supporting Saudi Arabia would withdraw support, humanitarians could get into Yemen and help prevent 18.4 million people from starving. We could’ve prevented Amal’s death. Her name means Hope and I believe if we heed Mr. Wiesel’s wise words, there is hope that we can prevent other unnecessary deaths.
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