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UN Warns of Looming Humanitarian Catastrophe in Yemen

UN Warns of Looming Humanitarian Catastrophe in Yemen

The United Nations warned on Wednesday that a “looming humanitarian catastrophe” is unfolding in Yemen, where millions of people are facing starvation and disease.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Yemen has reached 24.3 million, up from 22.2 million in 2021. Of those, 16.1 million are in acute need of assistance, including 12.3 million who are food insecure.

The UN said that the humanitarian situation in Yemen is the worst in the world. The country has been ravaged by a civil war since 2015, which has led to a devastating humanitarian crisis. The war has killed more than 377,000 people, including more than 10,000 children, and displaced more than 2 million people.

The UN said that the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is being exacerbated by a number of factors, including the ongoing conflict, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the economic crisis. The war has destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure, including its water and sanitation systems, and has made it difficult to import food and medicine. The COVID-19 pandemic has further strained Yemen’s already fragile health system. And the economic crisis has made it difficult for people to afford basic necessities.

The UN said that the international community must do more to help Yemen. The UN has called for $4.2 billion to fund its humanitarian response in Yemen for 2023. However, the UN has only received $1.3 billion so far.

“The humanitarian situation in Yemen is dire and deteriorating,” said OCHA Director Martin Griffiths. “We need urgent action to avert a looming humanitarian catastrophe.”

The UN has called on all parties to the conflict to agree to a ceasefire and to allow humanitarian access to all parts of Yemen. The UN has also called on the international community to provide more funding for the humanitarian response in Yemen.

“The international community must not turn its back on Yemen,” said Griffiths. “The people of Yemen need our help now more than ever.”

What You Can Do to Help

There are a number of things you can do to help the people of Yemen. You can:

  • Donate to a reputable humanitarian organization that is working in Yemen.

  • Contact your elected officials and urge them to support humanitarian assistance for Yemen.

  • Raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

  • Educate yourself about the conflict in Yemen and the humanitarian crisis it has caused.

The people of Yemen are suffering. They need our help. Please do what you can to help.

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