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GRC Event – Conflict, Chaos, and Hunger – Yemen: The World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis

Thursday, October 28, 6.30 PM - The Peace Palace, Den Haag

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Remarks and Moderation:  UN OCHA Kirsten Mildren 

Proposed Panellists:

  • Skye Fitzgerald – Award winning director of Hunger Ward
  • Gerard Steeghs – Representative of the Netherlands – Director for Multilateral Organisations and Human Rights
  • Catriona Murdoch – Partner at Global Rights Compliance
  • Corinne Woods  – Director of Communication, Advocacy, Marketing (CAM), World Food Programme




According to the 2021 Global Report on Food Crises, conflict and insecurity continue to be the main driver of acute food insecurity in 2021. There are roughly 99.1 million people experiencing conflict or insecurity — two thirds of those facing acute hunger. In countless communities around the world, armed actors target people’s livelihoods, destroy markets and agricultural areas, and prevent humanitarian access.


Yemen in its 7th year of conflict, is an acute example of such a community ravaged by conflict. Food insecurity is not incidental to the conflict in Yemen—the conflict, and the conduct of the warring parties, drives it. When the conflict began in 2014, approximately 41% of the population in Yemen was food insecure. According to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OHCA), the percentage of the population that is food insecure has increased almost every year since 2014. In early 2021, the WFP reported that Yemen was “headed straight toward the biggest famine in modern history,” with “over 400,000 children at risk of dying” and 16.2 million people facing acute food insecurity. While the number of people who have been killed during the conflict in Yemen vary by source, OCHA estimated that the conflict has directly and indirectly caused 233,000 deaths with more than half— 131,000 deaths—resulting “from indirect causes such as a lack of food, health services and infrastructure.”


Despite ample evidence in Yemen and beyond, that food insecurity can exacerbate violent conflict and that violent conflict is a primary driver of food insecurity, the nexus between the root causes and drivers of conflict and the issue of food insecurity are often overlooked. Lack of attention to these interacting problems means interventions risk having a limited impact and may even exacerbate existing fragilities. The landmark UN Security Council Resolution 2417 makes clear that conflict-induced food insecurity is an issue concerning international peace, security, and justice, and that it requires an increased focus on humanitarian access to objects indispensable to survival.


Panel Focus


As we aspire to peace, security and justice in Yemen, we must raise the alarm and commit to tackling conflict-induced hunger head on. To further this important advocacy, the OCHA and Global Rights Compliance (GRC), with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), will convene a high-level panel and unique event in the Peace Palace in The Hague. The Netherlands premiere of the Oscar® nominated and critically acclaimed film Hunger Ward, will precede an expert panel and Q&A with the film’s director. The event will include a digital exhibition of the work of the award-winning photojournalist, Giles Clarke, who has documented Yemen’s unfolding tragedy for many years. This immersive experience in the grounds of the Peace Palace will reflect on the rising threat of conflict induced famine in Yemen, the humanitarian crisis and access issues facing organisations like OCHA and the WFP and it will determine how political will can be harnessed to prevent conflict-induced hunger. Featuring a unique Q&A with the film director, the event also aims to inspire the media ecosystem, humanitarian community and political changemakers to witness the personal and humanitarian cost of this bitter conflict.

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