Iranian-backed Houthi fighters in Yemen

Iranian-backed Houthi fighters in Yemen

The left’s perception of President Trump is that he spends his days promoting unqualified candidates to federal courts, snubbing America’s allies by abandoning longstanding trade agreements and reversing what he can of Barack Obama’s agenda.

The truth includes far more, as the Gatestone Institute’s Ahmed Charai points out.

Charai, a Moroccan publisher on the board of directors of the Atlantic Council and several other organizations, and is an advisory member for the Gatestone Institute, explains that what’s being called the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis” by United Nations World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley, has been noticed by President Trump.

But few others.

Charai says Beasley “is not exaggerating” how bad the crisis is in the Arab Gulf country of Yemen.

“More than 75 percent of the country needs humanitarian aid – a greater percentage than any other nation on Earth.”

He says 18 million of the nation’s 22 million people are “hungry, homeless and increasingly hopeless.”

“Civil war has driven them from their homes, burned their schools and bombed their hospitals,” he writes.

“In the markets, the shelves are empty as few trucks arrive from sea ports and rebel roadblocks menace the few deliverymen that dare to take the roads into the sun-scorched interior. As a result, mothers, some too hungry to nurse their children, have flooded into refugee centers, overwhelming international aid workers. The men, those who have not been murdered or maimed by war, wait in the shade of U.N. tents for food and medicine that too often is not enough.”

Yemen has been an ally of the U.S. as well as Iran, which sent money to Houthi rebels to “seize much of the country in 2015.”

Consequently, Yemen’s economy, already fragile, began to collapse, “deepening the misery of the Yemeni people.”

It was Martin Griffiths, special envoy for Yemen to the U.N. Security Council, who said people are being pushed further into poverty.

While the United Arab Emirates has worked hard on providing aid, distributing food in some districts, building bakeries, re-opening a fishing port and providing a new hospital, more is needed.

The United Nations Food Program also is helping, fighting landmines and shelling to try to provide sustenance. Two of its workers were kidnapped and have yet to be seen again.

“Meanwhile, the Trump administration, has quietly stepped up to the challenge. The U.S. has sent more than $854 million in aid since the start of fiscal year 2017. Through USAID and the State Department’s Bureau for Population Refugees and Migration, the U.S. has supplied food, medicine, vaccinations, emergency obstetric services, blankets, pots and pans for displaced families. Water-treatment filters and chemicals have been shipped in to shrink the spread of disease, such as cholera and hepatitis,” the report said.

“In the early 2000s, the world was moved by the sight of starvation, war, and disease in Darfur. Campuses held demonstrations, and network cameras trekked to the Sahara to record the civilized world’s efforts to prevent genocide. This time, however, the colleges and networks do not seem to notice,” Charai wrote.

“It is welcome that President Donald J. Trump has.”

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