News in Brief 13 August 2015 (AM)

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UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien, on visit to Yemen, talks with an elderly man who said his home was burnt to the ground during fighting. Photo: OCHA

Humanitarian chief gets first-hand view of Yemen devastation

The entire population in Aden in Yemen—more than 800,000 people—is in need of food, water, emergency shelter and other aid relief, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator has said.

Stephen O'Brien visited the governorate on Wednesday to hear how people have been affected by the civil conflict in the country.

The UN estimates that due to the fighting, 21 million Yemenis, or roughly 80 per cent of all citizens, require humanitarian assistance.

Meanwhile, a US$1.6 billion humanitarian appeal for the country is less than 20 per cent funded.

A call for political dialogue in Guinea-Bissau

Political leaders in Guinea-Bissau are being urged by the UN Security Council to resume dialogue in the best interests of the country's people.

The Council said ongoing tension between the President and Prime Minister threatens to undermine progress made in the West African country since the restoration of constitutional order in 2014.

President Jose Maria Vaz on Wednesday dissolved the government following disagreement with his Prime Minister.

Council members also stressed the importance of national reconciliation, good governance and what they called "continued civilian control of government" as being essential to achieving lasting peace in Guinea-Bissau.

UN agency welcomes "timely and generous" donation from Saudi Arabia

A US$35 million contribution from Saudi Arabia to the UN agency that assists Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, will support education and health programmes in Gaza, Jordan and the West Bank.

UNRWA currently is facing a severe financial crisis and described the donation as "timely and generous."

More than half a million children attend UNRWA schools but the agency could be forced to delay the start of this school year due to a US$100 million funding shortfall.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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