View of the Albert Dock and Liver Buildings from the Echo Wheel

Peace vigil outside the Albert Dock

Liverpool Friends of Yemen will be holding a vigil for peace in Yemen on Sunday 23 September outside the Albert Dock.

The Group was launched two years ago at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool and will be joined again by party leader, Jeremy Corbyn MP.

LFOY is a non sectarian group bringing together a wide cross-section of people in the city concerned at the continuing loss of human life in the conflict in Yemen.

The event is taking place from 4:30pm – 6:30pm at the corner of Gower Street and Wapping, opposite the Ibis Hotel.

Liverpool West Derby MP, Stephen Twigg, chair of the International Development Select Committee said: “The situation in Yemen is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. Britain has a particular responsibility as the former colonial power and an enthusiastic exporter of arms to Saudi Arabia, one of the parties to the conflict.

“It’s urgent we suspend all arms sales, create the maximum pressure for a ceasefire on all parties to the conflict and ensure urgent medical supplies and food reach those in need.”

Local Yemeni poet, Amina Atiq said: “ It is important that we continue to raise awareness about Yemen, weather it’s through art, public speaking or simply as attending vigils.

“We all can make a change and it is a duty to help those in need, especially when mainstream media outlets have kept quiet for too long.

“Liverpool will continue fighting for the people of Yemen.”

Saba Ahmed from LFOY added: “We’re organising a food and veg auction at Squash on Friday night to raise funds for Hope Relief International, an L8 based group raising humanitarian funds for Yemen.

“There’s been a host of humanitarian initiatives in Liverpool to help people in Yemen. But if the bombs keep falling and the rockets keep firing it can only reduce not end the suffering.”

Local councillor, Steve Munby, said: “It’s important that this isn’t the forgotten war and we bring to the attention of the world the plight of the Yemeni people.

“Yemeni artists will be joined by MPs and activists in bearing witness. And we’ll make sure people in Yemen know they’re not forgotten by live streaming proceedings there.”

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