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More than 21 million Yemenis want assistance and protection, according to the UN chief
According to the UN chief, more than 21 million people—or two out of every three Yemeni children, women, and men—need assistance and safety.
Speaking at a summit in Geneva organized by Switzerland and Sweden, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made a request for USD 4.3 billion to help Yemen’s most vulnerable citizens.
We closed the previous year with some optimism for Yemen’s future, according to Guterres. The ceasefire “provided actual dividends for people after years of death, displacement, destruction, malnutrition, and pain.”
He claimed that crucial supplies came through the port of Hudaydah and that civilian flights resumed from Yemen’s capital, Sanaa.
The UN chief stated that the truce “lapsed though after only six months” and warned that Yemen’s economy is in dire straits and that vital services face collapse.
And while access is limited and financing is consistently insufficient, humanitarian needs keep rising, said Guterres.
Additionally, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that while Yemen experienced some encouraging advances in 2022, the conflict is already in its eighth year and has little sign of ending anytime soon.
According to the ICRC, Yemen is still in a hazardous condition despite a months-long ceasefire, with crucial infrastructure in ruins and two-thirds of its population completely depleted due to a lack of access to basic necessities.
According to the Red Cross, funding shortfalls run the risk of “turbo-charging” Yemen’s humanitarian problems.
According to Robert Mardini, director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross, “the operations of the International Red Cross and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in Yemen were underfunded last year for the first time in 11 years.”
This is a troubling development that, if left unchecked, will impede the advancement of fair and unbiased humanitarian action, Mardini continued.
According to the Red Cross, 21.6 million Yemenis require humanitarian relief and protection.
It claimed that many families are currently selling their leftover belongings to pay for a meal.
Millions of children’s education have been impacted, and 4 million people are still without a home.
The ICRC claimed that the direct effects of climate change are evident, citing 2022’s protracted drought and severe flooding, which severely depleted the available coping mechanisms.
“The longer time that goes by without a political settlement, the more challenging it will be to get past the conflict. Even if a long-lasting agreement were struck, there would still be a lot of need for humanitarian relief “Added Mardini.
Since the Houthi rebels, who are allied with Iran, took control of much of Yemen in 2014, including the capital city of Sanaa, the country has been plagued by bloodshed and instability.***
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