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UN relief urges support for over 14 million Yemenis

UN relief official urges support for over 14 million Yemenis in need of assistance

15 May 2014 – Nearly 15 million people in Yemen – over half the population – are in need of some form of humanitarian aid this year, the top United Nations relief official in the country said today, urging the international community to provide the critical funds necessary for the response.

Johannes Van Der Klaauw, the newly-appointed UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, told a news conference in Geneva that the international community needs to come forward with substantial funding to implement the 2014 response plan for Yemen, which remains alarmingly under-funded. Only 18 per cent of the $592 million needed for 2014 has so far been secured.

“The continuing humanitarian needs in Yemen are no longer as high on the agenda of the international community as they should be, in our view,” said Mr. Van Der Klaauw, who is also the Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Yemen, noting that global attention is on other crises such as Syria, Central African Republic and South Sudan.

“We have a population of more than 25 million Yemenis, of which 14.7 million today is in need of any sort of humanitarian assistance. This is more than half of the population,” he said. Of these, 7.6 million people have been identified as the most needy and for whom the international community developed the $592 million.

Of those in need, 10.5 Yemenis are food insecure, 13 million have no access to clean water or adequate sanitation, and 8.6 million have no access to health care, including reproductive health services. In addition, over one million children under the age of five are acutely malnourished.

The UN official stressed the need to address the underlying factors of the crisis.

“The real problem in Yemen is not one of a humanitarian nature… but of a developmental nature,” he said, citing factors such as structural underdevelopment, a chronic lack of services, weak governance and the rule of law, all of which leaves the country in a very “fragile” state.

“The Government should take ownership of working on these needs… to address the drivers of vulnerability, the underlying factors of this crisis,” he added.

Yemen has been undergoing a political transition, with a Government of National Unity, which came to power in an election in February 2012 following protests that led to the resignation of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Mr. Van Der Klaauw emphasized that the country’s humanitarian issues must be mainstreamed into other political and security processes.

“If we don’t address the humanitarian needs today, the population will lose faith in the transition process. If the ordinary Yemeni doesn’t know whether tomorrow he or she will have something to eat… they will lose faith in the transition process.”

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