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United Nations: More than 20 million Yemenis need humanitarian aid





The United Nations said that this year’s Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, which seeks $3.85 billion to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance and protection to 16.2 million people in need, has been funded with less than half of donor pledges.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs “OCHA”, in a report on the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day, stated that more than 20 million people in Yemen are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection this year, including 12.1 million people in dire need.

About 5 million people in Yemen are on the brink of famine, as the country grapples with growing food insecurity, rising malnutrition and associated mortality, as well as long-term and irreversible effects on child development, the UN report added.

“More than 2.25 million children under the age of five, and more than one million pregnant and lactating women are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition this year,” he added.

The UN report indicated that with water sources slowly depleting and desertification caused by agricultural pressures, the already fragile food security situation is becoming more threatened, due to recurrent droughts and climate change, negatively affecting the availability of arable land and access to safe drinking water.

“Exposure to natural hazards, floods and droughts have destroyed shelters and infrastructure, restricted access to markets and essential services, destroyed livelihoods, and facilitated the spread of deadly diseases and deaths,” he added.

He continued, “It also contributed to the displacement of the population, so that Yemen has already become the fourth largest internal displacement crisis in the world, with more than 4 million internally displaced people.”

He pointed out that at least 13 governorates were affected by the bad weather, which affected more than 62,500 families, during the past year, while thousands of other families were already affected this year.

The UN report stressed that Yemen has been recognized as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world over the past half-decade, and over six years of war that led to economic collapse and increased public health risks.

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