On Wednesday, the United Nations called for $4.3 billion to help 17 million people this year in Yemen.
UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths called on donors to allocate “about $4.3 billion” to help 17.2 million people.
With a war that has been going on for more than seven years, more than 23 million people in Yemen face hunger or disease and other risks, an increase of 13 percent over the number recorded in 2021, according to the United Nations. The country is witnessing a collapse in basic services and the economy.
The United Nations says that some 161,000 people will soon face “catastrophic food insecurity that threatens what could happen to the 7.1 million people who are just one step away from this final phase of a humanitarian crisis.”
About three-quarters of the population will need humanitarian aid in 2022, according to Griffiths.
“This percentage makes us say that the humanitarian situation in Yemen is among the worst in the world,” the UN official said in a press conference.
This situation could be exacerbated as the uncertainty associated with the conflict in Ukraine pushed global grain prices to an even higher level.
About a third of the wheat used in Yemen comes from Russia and Ukraine, Griffiths said. “Food prices have risen significantly and we expect supply restrictions,” he added, noting that food prices had actually doubled in Yemen last year.
Adding to the importance of the UN appeal is that the funds available to humanitarian organizations are drying up. “Agency is being forced to reduce or stop the distribution of food aid, as well as the provision of health services and other vital aid,” Griffiths said.
“Today we hope to raise the funds needed to replenish the food supply chain, health supply centers, provide shelter for the displaced and inform Yemenis that we are not forgetting them,” he added.
Without a rapid injection of money, nearly four million people would not have access to clean drinking water.