Towards: A World in Which All Children Can Play

Open Letter – Please extend the Truce, Let All Children Play in Yemen

English – Arabic 


Prime Minister for Yemen, Dr Maeen Abdulmalek Saeed

Minister of Foreign Affairs for Yemen Dr. Ahmed Bin Mubarak

Leader of Ansar Allah Mr. Abdul-Malik Badreddin Al-Houthi

Spokesman of Ansar Allah Mr Muhammad Abd al-Salam
His Highness Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Dr. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

His Highness Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen Mr. Hans Grundberg

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr. W. B. Hoekstra

Ambassador Republic of Yemen for the Netherlands Ms. Sahar Ghanem

Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for Yemen Mr. Peter-Derrek Hof

U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen Mr. Timothy Lenderking

U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands Chargé d’Affaires Ms. Marja Verloop



Bussum, the Netherlands, May 30th, 2022


Open letter


Subject: Please extend the Truce, Let All Children Play in Yemen



Your Excellencies, Your Highnesses,


As citizens, our hearts cry for all the people in the world suffering from violence, starvation and illness due to war. This applies especially for the children and people of Yemen. The situation is tragic. According to David Gressly, the humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, the numbers of people in need are still staggering. Over 23 million people –almost three-quarters of Yemen’s population – now need assistance.


Nevertheless, the truce brings hope to the Yemeni people. According to OCHA Yemen, since the truce began civilian casualties decreased and humanitarian access was enhanced.


We urge you to please extend the truce and to do whatever you can to create a peaceful Yemen. As adults, it is our responsibility to create a world in which all children can play. To cherish life.


Furthermore, as indicated in our letter of previous year, we kindly ask you to:

  • Help to release all child soldiers from their ranks
  • Include Yemeni women and NGOs in the peace negotiations
  • Do everything you can to prevent an environmental disaster due to the bad state of repair of the Al-Safer oil tanker, which is located close to Hodeidah port. App. 200 million liters of oil can leak into the Red Sea. Eight million people can loose access to running water and Yemen’s Red Sea fishing stock would be destroyed within three weeks.


If we can help you and contribute to peace via peaceful means in Yemen, please let us know. We hope to see All the Children in Yemen Playing Soon.


Kind regards,

Bert Sweerts, member NVMP Artsen voor Vrede (NVMP Doctors for Peace)

Chris Geerse, Peace movement Pais, Netherlands

Chale Guadamuz, director of Hague Peace Projects, Netherlands

David Adengu, chairperson TEYAPI4peace organization, Uganda

David Swanson, Executive Director, World BEYOND War

Ebrahim Saif Mahmmod, Peace SOS, Yemen

Henk Baars, Chair Kerk en Vrede, Netherlands (Church and Peace)

Hooria Mashhour, Former Minister for Human Rights Yemen. Consultant for YTJC. Co/founder of National Reconciliation Movement

Ingeborg Breines, consultant and former co-president International Peace Bureau

former director UNESCO, Norway

Jacqueline Boerebach Vredesplatform Hilversum, (Peace platform Hilversum), Netherlands

Jeffrey Quarsie, NVMP Artsen voor Vrede (NVMP Doctors for Peace)

Joke Oranje, peace activist for women, Netherlands

May-May Meijer, founder Peace SOS, Netherlands

Medea Benjamin, Cofounder of peace group CODEPINK, United States of America

Neda Saleh, Coordinator Action Corps, United States of America

Nina Koevoets, Foundation for Active Nonviolence, the Netherlands/Greece

Oksana Chelysheva, journalist, Finland

Rita Salaris-Lichtenberg, Chair Women’s Federation for World Peace, Netherlands

Stephanie Mbanzendore, founder Burundian Women for Peace and Development

Tiny Hannink, Women for Peace Enschede, Netherlands

Wim Koetsier, Secretary General Universal Peace Federation, Netherlands

Yan Shenkman, journalist, Russia

Yurii Sheliazhenko Ph.D. Executive secretary Ukrainian Pacifist Movement, Ukraine


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