GENEVA / YEMEN FOOD AID

31-May-2019 00:01:53
Amid the world’s largest humanitarian crisis still unfolding in Yemen, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has gained access to the rebel-held northern district of Nihm, for the first time since the war between Houthis and the Saudi-backed Government coalition escalated in 2015. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / YEMEN FOOD AID
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 31 MAY 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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31 MAY 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press room
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Herve Verhoosel, Spokesperson, World Food Programme (WFP):
“On 30 May, WFP in-kind food distributions to 896 households living next to the frontlines of Nihm district in Sana’a governorate were concluded. This is the first time WFP and a cooperating partner, Islamic Relief, reached people living inside the militarized zone of Nihm.”
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Herve Verhoosel, Spokesperson, World Food Programme (WFP):
“Earlier this week WFP was able to access the besieged area of Dhuraimi city in Hudaydah Governorate, which has seen intense conflict and insecurity for a prolonged period. WFP provided two-month general food assistance rations, water, hygiene kits and dignity kits from UNICEF and UNFPA, and other food assistance. This is the first humanitarian assistance to reach civilians in the city for a year.”
7. Wide shot, journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Herve Verhoosel, Spokesperson, World Food Programme (WFP):
“At the end of last year, WFP was reaching seven to eight million people a month, that was in December. Since January, February, we are reaching ten million people a month. Our target is still to reach 12 million people. We are not there yet for the moment because of those distribution issues that we have. We keep working with both sides, I say both sides, to try to facilitate as much as possible the security situation but also of course the access.”
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STORYLINE
Amid the world’s largest humanitarian crisis still unfolding in Yemen, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has gained access to the rebel-held northern district of Nihm, for the first time since the war between Houthis and the Saudi-backed Government coalition escalated in 2015.

During the four years of violence, many districts have remained inaccessible for humanitarians, causing conditions facing civilians wracked by hunger, cholera, and bombardment, to significantly deteriorate according to the Programme.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva today (31 May), WFP spokesperson Herve Verhoosel said the agency had succeeded on Thursday in distributing food and aid to more than 5,000 people from “896 households living next to the frontlines of Nihm district in Sana’a governorate.” He highlighted that this was “the first time WFP and a cooperating partner, Islamic Relief, reached people living inside the militarized zone of Nihm.”

According to WFP, a one-off distribution of two months’ rations was conducted in two food distribution points, marking an important breakthrough as the district has been a frontline conflict area for a prolonged period. The area close to the Saudi border, north east of the Houthi-held capital Sana’a – has been in the hands of the movement, officially known as Ansar Allah, since 2014.

Verhoosel also reported that the agency has gained access to “the besieged area of Dhuraimi city in Hudaydah governorate, which has seen intense conflict and insecurity for a prolonged period.” The city of Dhuraimi is also on a frontline between the warring parties, and WFP noted that both sides had helped with access.

The WFP spokesperson told journalists that the agency provided “two-month general food assistance rations, water, hygiene kits and dignity kits from UNICEF and UNFPA, and other food assistance.” He reiterated that “this is the first humanitarian assistance to reach civilians in the city for a year.”

While WFP’s reach has been increasing since December, Verhoosel acknowledged that there is still more work to do. He said, “At the end of last year, WFP was reaching seven to eight million people a month, that was in December. Since January, February, we are reaching ten million people a month. Our target is still to reach 12 million people. We are not there yet for the moment because of those distribution issues that we have. We keep working with both sides, I say both sides, to try to facilitate as much as possible the security situation but also of course the access.”
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