The head of the U.N. food agency is warning that 16 million people in Yemen “are marching towards starvation.” David Beasley said at a meeting on Yemen ’s humanitarian crisis that food rations in the nation will be cut in October unless new funding arrives.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. food agency is warning that 16 million people in Yemen “are marching towards starvation” and says food rations for millions in the war-torn nation will be cut in October unless new funding arrives.
WFP is running out of money again and without new funding reductions will be made in rations for 3.2 million people in October and for 5 million by December, he said.At a virtual pledging conference co-hosted by Sweden and Switzerland on March 1, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed for $3.85 billion for Yemen this year. But donors pledged less than half the amount — $1.7 billion, which the U.N. chief called “disappointing.” In the last six months, the total has grown to just over half the amount required.
ADVERTISEMENTThe high-level meeting Wednesday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly’s annual meeting raised about $600 million, according to the European Union, which co-hosted the session with Sweden and Switzerland. That still leaves at least $1 billion unfunded.
In major pledges, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced an additional $290 million in humanitarian assistance for Yemen and the European Union said it was allocating an additional 119 million euros (about $139 million) in humanitarian and development aid. headtopics.com
The Yemen director for the Oxfam charity, Muhsin Siddiquey, commended the donors who made pledges and expressed hope the funds will be quickly made available to aid organizations.“However, once again a few international donors have generously put their hands in their pockets while the rest of the world looks on as Yemen descends further into hunger, poverty and an even bleaker future,” he said.
Yemen has been convulsed by civil war since 2014, when Iran-backed Houthi rebels took control of the capital of Sanaa and much of the northern part of the country, forcing the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to flee to the south, then to Saudi Arabia.
A Saudi-led coalition entered the war in March 2015, backed by the United States, to try restore Hadi to power, and threw its support behind his internationally backed government. Despite a relentless air campaign and ground fighting, the war has deteriorated largely into a stalemate and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The U.S. has since suspended its direct involvement in the conflict.
“We need this war to end, number one,” WFP’s Beasley said, “and if donors are getting fatigued, well end the war.”ADVERTISEMENTHe urged world leaders to put pressure on all parties to end the suffering of the Yemeni people who are seeing their currency, the riyal, devalued and food prices spike. headtopics.com
“They have no coping capacity,” Beasley said. “They don’t have any money left over to buy anything. It is a heartbreak. It really is.”Henrietta Fore, head of the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF, said 11.3 million Yemeni children need humanitarian assistance to survive, “2.3 million children under five are acutely malnourished and nearly 400,000 of them suffering from severe acute malnutrition are at imminent risk of death.”
“In Yemen, one child dies every 10 minutes from preventable causes, including malnutrition and vaccine-preventable diseases,” she said.Janez Lenarcic, the EU commissioner for crisis management, called on the warring parties to grant unrestricted humanitarian access and allow food and fuel into the country, saying humanitarian needs “are unprecedented and rising.”
The U.S. secretary of state urged donors to fulfill their pledges as quickly as possible and urged other nations “to help fill critical funding shortfalls.”Blinken said the United States remains committed to the U.N.-led effort to end the war and urged all parties to seize the opportunity to achieve peace in Yemen.Read more: The Associated Press »
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If one the 21,000 airstrikes in Yemen has been researched to cost $11,686,000 - that could buy a lot of resources to curtail famine. Turns out we have money to kill people but not keep them alive. WOW. Not our problem. Soon enough the world will have depleted all our resources and taken advantage of the USA’s generosity. Its all planned and on purpose of course.
So sad …..🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 Pray for Yemen I hope richardbranson and jeffbezos can see these starving children from orbit. Hey beso and Elon step up you can end this the question is will you ? or you will just go for another space joy ride? Starvation and famine are natural consequences of long lasting wars, in Yemen's case, 8 years. It is naiive to think ordinary citizens can live prosperously in such a situation. You cannot expect to have unbroken eggs under an overthrown nest.
Yea but are they vaccinated? The president & the food money don't say the main reason 4 this is the US -Euro blockade and their terrorist allies that cause this hunger It is true that their terrorist allies, as I read, are fighting under the banner of Saudi Arabia & ISIS fighting under the banner of the UAE
Women and children always suffer most in conflicts. Starvation caused by Saudi Arabia and supported by the USA with weapons and intelligence.
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It is always the innocent that suffer in a ignorant man’s war. It's good that the UN is flagging world attention to this. It's bizarre and abhorrent that they aren't fingering the Saudis and Iran for the conditions that caused it. YEMEN needs help
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