The United Nations says impoverished Yemen is on the brink of total collapse, as the country is facing an ongoing bloody military aggression by Saudi Arabia, an emerging famine, and an outbreak of cholera.
"Crisis is not coming, it is not looming, it is here today, on our watch and ordinary people are paying the price," said UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien in a speech on Tuesday, addressing the UN Security Council.
"The people of Yemen are being subjected to deprivation, disease and death as the world watches," he said, adding that the crisis is triggering "total social, economic and institutional collapse" in the Arab country.
O'Brien told the council that "the time is now" to finish the world's largest food emergency and to put Yemen on the path of survival.
His alarming remarks come as the UN Security Council has so far failed to turn off the Saudi war machine and prevent it from inflicting more damage to the kingdom's poor southern neighbor.