Portsmouth MP’s plea for more to be done to stop a humanitarian crisis in her home country

Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond
Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond

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AN MP from Portsmouth is calling on the government to do more to resolve an escalating ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ in the country of her birth.

Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond was born in the city of Aden in Yemen, and the country’s latest civil war has left up to 80 per cent of the population in need of aid.

Speaking to The News, she said: ‘I am concerned the situation is moving further away from peace talks, not closer.’

The civil war began in March last year and has so far claimed the lives of more than 7,000 people.

However, the Portsmouth MP claimed there had been a number of reports of human rights breaches on innocent civilians. She added despite Britain’s ‘moral role’ to support the country, the UK had done little to help.

The MP claimed that charity’s like Save the Children had been working tirelessly with the war-torn country since 1963.

Urging further action, she said: ‘It is a damning comment on the lack of political progress and commitment to solve the conflicts there, that Save the Children are probably helping the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of families they first worked with more than 50 years ago.’