"No stability" in Yemen unless humanitarian needs metListen /
Yemen will not enjoy political stability unless the humanitarian needs of its people are met, according to a senior UN official in the country.
The Middle-Eastern nation has suffered a series of internal conflicts in recent years, which have led to insecurity and a lack of development.
More than half of the population of 25 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Yemen also has the second highest rate of malnutrition in the world.
Fifty per cent of children under the age of five have stunted growth.
Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, says that stability goes hand in hand with development.
"There will be no stability in Yemen if more than half of the population is waking up in the morning without the possibility to have food, is living below the line of poverty. What does it mean, then, to organise elections of have any political process if people are still suffering from humanitarian needs."
The UN has appealed for $592 million for 2014 to carry out its development activities in Yemen.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.