The United Nations has said funds are needed to help some 16 million people in the war-torn country amid escalating hostilities.
The United Nations will need about $3.9 billion this year to help millions in war-torn Yemen, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said.
Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ramesh Rajasingham told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that “the biggest limitation right now is funding” to help some 16 million people in Yemen, where the civil war is rife. Has been raging for more than 7 years.
“I call on all donors to maintain — if possible, increase — their support this year,” Rajasingham said.
Funding has been dwindling in recent years, with only 58 percent of its response plan being funded last year, and the UN’s World Food Programme announced in December that it was cutting its aid budget to 8 million people, he added.
“Other important programs including water, conservation and reproductive health services have also been forced to scale back or close in recent weeks due to lack of funding,” Rajasingham said.
Apart from funding, humanitarian access Security also remains a major obstacle to aid.
On Wednesday, the United Nations also sounded the alarm about continuing hostilities At home, the warring parties are accelerating their quest for battlefield victory.
The UN Secretary-General’s special envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, told the Security Council that all parties to the conflict were “redoubled on considering military options”.
“Seven years of the war have passed, and the prevailing view among all the warring sides seems to be that doing enough damage to the other side will force them into submission. But there is no sustainable long-term solution on the battlefield,” he said.
Grundberg said the parties should turn to the negotiating table “even if they are not ready to lay down their arms”.
Grundberg said the country appeared to be “entering an escalation cycle with predictably damaging effects on civilians and near-term peace prospects”.
Yemen’s civil war began in 2014 when Iranian-backed Houthi rebels seized the capital, Sana’a, prompting Saudi-led forces to intervene in support of the government the following year.
United Nations estimates war killed By the end of 2021, 377,000 people will die directly or indirectly from hunger and disease.