US$25mn provided for humanitarian effort in Yemen

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Emergency aid being offloaded from a UNHCR vessel at the Hodeidah Port, Yemen. Photo: UNHCR/A. Zabarah

Twenty-five million US dollars to support lifesaving humanitarian assistance in Yemen has been provided from a UN emergency fund.

The money will be used for projects which provide water and sanitation access, among other relief efforts.

More than 21 million Yemenis—or 80 per cent of the population—are in need of humanitarian assistance as vital services have collapsed, according to the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Dianne Penn reports.

UN humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien pointed out that it is "innocent civilians" who are paying a terrible price for the crisis in Yemen. 

He said they face daily airstrikes, shelling and fighting, while medical supplies, fuel and food are running out. 

The US$25 million allocation from the UN Central Emergency Respond Fund (CERF) will support critical relief projects including providing fuel, medicine, emergency supplies, and clean water and sanitation services. 

It also will help aid agencies deliver assistance via increased humanitarian air services and improved port facilities.

 The fund pools donor contributions to be used for urgent relief work anywhere in the world. 

Since its inception nearly a decade ago, it has allocated more than US$4 billion to operations in 95 countries and territories.

Dianne Penn, United Nations

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