Humanitarian groups revise appeal for Yemen

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Young girls collect water in Taiz, Yemen. [OCHA/Abdulelah Taqi]

UN agencies and their partners are revising a funding appeal to benefit nearly eight million people in Yemen.

The humanitarian groups say they will now need $702 million, down from the original appeal launched last December for $716 million.

The slight decrease is partly due to several unfunded projects that were slated for the beginning of the year, according to the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA).

OCHA says two years of unrest and instability in Yemen have left approximately 13 million people—roughly half the population—in need of humanitarian assistance as many basic services have collapsed and poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition have increased.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen OuldCheikh Ahmed fears any move to stability could collapse unless the basic needs of the people are met.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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