"Lack of attention and focus" over humanitarian crisis in Yemen

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John Ging (right). At his side is Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

A "lack of attention and focus" over the on-going humanitarian crisis in Yemen is being compounded by a "shocking fall-off" in donor funding.

That's according to the Director of Operations for the UN's Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) John Ging.

He has just returned from a three day visit to Yemen.

Matthew Wells has more.

Mr Ging told journalists at UN Headquarters that millions of Yemenis were in "increasingly dire need of assistance", pointing out that food supplies, insecurity and access to healthcare had become critical.

The civil war between forces loyal to the government and Houthi rebels intensified more than a year ago, when a Saudi-backed coalition joined in on the government side.

Civilian casualties increased, including attacks on hospitals and medical facilities.

Mr Ging said that close to 8 million are "severely" food-insecure, and 2.5 million had been displaced since the beginning of 2014.

"We are very concerned about a seriously deteriorating humanitarian situation and the lack of attention and focus that the humanitarian plight of the people in Yemen is getting currently. We have seen a shocking fall-off in terms of donor funding for basic humanitarian support to the Yemeni people."

He welcomed the continuing attempts to resolve the conflict through peace talks in Kuwait, but added that 13 million Yeminis were in need of immediate "life-saving" help.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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