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Congressman Fights for Yemen as Nation Facing Growing Humanitarian Crisis

December 4, 2017
In The News

At the start of November, more than 20 humanitarian groups issued a warning that Yemen had just six weeks of food aid remaining for the 7 million people in that country facing famine. The desperate alarm was caused by a blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia, preventing medical supplies and food from entering the country.

Now, a month later, that blockade is still in effect, and there’s a growing chorus of international voices calling for Saudi Arabia to allow the flow of goods to resume.

The severity of the humanitarian crisis also caught the attention of Congress. In mid-November, the House adopted a resolution to increase humanitarian access and prevent further civilian casualties. Already, an estimated 10,000 civilians have been killed in Yemen’s war.

The Takeaway sat down with Ro Khanna, a Democratic representative from California’s 17th congressional district, and the sponsor of the measure.