How Come Famine has become a Weapon that Rich and Powerful Employ Against the Poor

Saturday, March 25, 2017
By Paul Martin

Grete Mautner

When famine in certain regions of the world is provoked by natural disasters, these events automatically trigger a universal sense of compassion and the desire to provide every possible means of assistance to those poor souls starving. But when famine is the direct result of certain political games of various financial and military groups in the West, then these facts can only trigger anger and envy toward such manifestations of malicious inhuman practices.

Despite the continuous attempts special interests make to suppress facts about cases of massive famine they’ve provoked, the anger their actions have provoked have manifested itself in the latest UN report on the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II which has put some 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria on the brink of death from starvation. As it has been previously reported by the UN Children’s Fund, nearly 1.4 million children face ‘imminent death’ from famine this year alone. Civil wars, military aggression and terrorist activities in the above listed four states have virtually destroyed civil infrastructure, triggering a mass exodus from those states.


Yemen these days is the poorest country in the Arab world. Saudi Arabia, while being backed by the West, has been bombing Yemen for years now, thus creating an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe. The UN expresses its concern over the current situation in the country, but we must not forget that the UN Security Council fell victim to Saudi, American and British political intrigues, by adopting resolution 2216, which gave way for the current foreign military intervention in this country.

However, Saudi generals didn’t feel restrained in their interpretation of UN Resolution 2216, which resulted in the closure of the Sana’a international airport and an embargo imposed by the so-called international coalition, which deprived the population of this poor country from access to food and medical supplies. Stocks of grain and other products are disappearing before our very eyes, as foreign banks reject financial transactions from local institutions. As a result, some 14 million people, or basically 80% of the population, are in dire need of food aid, of which 2 million people and 400,000 children are basically facing death from starvation. If there’s any assistance to be provided to Yemen, it must be provided urgently.

In wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that Saudi Arabia along with its Western sponsors are basically sentencing the whole population of Yemen to painful, excruciating death by carrying on with its military aggression against this state.

Should weapon shipments to Riyadh from Washington and London come to an abrupt end, the Kingdom will have no means of carrying on its aggression, since it relies heavily on aerial bombardment which is not just destroying Yemeni military capabilities, if there’s any to speak of, but roads and other civilian infrastructure. Should Riyadh lose the ability to carry out air strikes, it will be bound to stop. In the meantime, in the period of 2015-2016 it acquired a record amount of ordnance, the total worth of which amounts to some 150 billion dollars. The only steps the US and UK have made so far to allegedly prevent millions of people from death from starvation was a minor reduction in the number of military personnel deployed in Yemen to assist the Saudi coalition.


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