OCHA: We Must Act Now To Prevent A Humanitarian Catastrophe

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Al-Thawra Net

Yemen is experiencing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Close to 19 million people—two thirds of the population—need humanitarian assistance and protection. These people include more than 10 million extremely vulnerable Yeminis who require immediate assistance. A child under age 5 now dies every 10 minutes of preventable causes.

The crisis in Yemen is entirely man-made. The country has been grappling with the disastrous effects of a conflict that has forced millions of people to flee their homes, exacerbated chronic humanitarian needs, and killed or injured thousands.

This year, the UN and our partners launched an international appeal for US$2.1 billion to provide immediate life-saving assistance and protection to 12 million people in need. This funding would enable an effective and efficient humanitarian response in Yemen, but only 15 per cent has been received so far. This represents a catastrophic $1.8 billion funding gap.

The UN, Sweden and Switzerland will host a ministerial-level event on 25 April 2017 to address Yemen’s rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation, the threat of famine and the urgent need for resources. The event aims to gather sufficient funding to end preventable and avoidable human suffering.