Today a donor conference for Yemen starts in Geneva. After nearly three years of a fierce civil war and foreign military intervention, Yemen is threatened by a huge hunger crisis.
Over one billion firearms now flood the world, most of which are owned by civilians, according to Geneva-based researchers. Americans alone possess 40 percent, more than all civilians combined in 25 other countries.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres asked donors for $2.6 billion in humanitarian aid for war-torn Yemen. He called for a "political solution" to truly end the suffering of the Yemeni people.
Syria's White Helmets are sounding the alarm. In light of ongoing UN-led peace talks, the civil protection organization is calling for increased civilian safeguards and more international pressure on the Assad regime.
Following pressure from Germany, a meeting was hastily convened in Brussels on the back of the Syria conference to mobilize assistance for an estimated 20 million people facing acute hunger in East Africa and Yemen.
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