billion dollars to help 16million people “,” text “:” We expect this year’s aid operation to require about as much money as last year, or about $ 3.9 billion to help 16million people “} }”>We predict this year’s aid operation will require roughly as much money as last year – roughly $ 3.9 billion to help 16 million people., announced Ramesh Rajasingham, deputy head of the UN Humanitarian Affairs Department.
I call on all donors to maintain – and if possible, increase – their support this year., he added, adding that a precise needs assessment was underway.
The biggest constraint right now is funding humanitarian aid, said the official, deploring that the response plan established last year was only funded at 58%. This amount, he added, was the lowest funded for Yemen since 2015, when it entered the war, to support the Yemeni government, with Saudi Arabia leading an Arab coalition.
The official recalled that in December the World Food Program announced cuts in food aid for 8 million people due to funding shortages.
Other vital programs, including water, protection and reproductive health services, have also been forced to downsize or close in recent weeks due to lack of funds., said Ramesh Rajasingham.
But funding is far from the only constraint, he also indicated.
Humanitarian access and security also remain challenges. Bureaucratic obstacles persist and include significant delays in approving aid projects, issuing visas and facilitating travel, he said.
In recent months, Yemen has seen an upsurge in violence, with Houthi rebels stepping up missile and drone strikes towards the south of the neighboring Saudi kingdom, as the coalition has stepped up air raids targeting their positions in Yemen.
Triggered in 2014, the conflict in Yemen killed, according to the UN, at least 377,000 people, direct and indirect victims of the conflict in this country facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.