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UN appeals for $3.85 bn as Yemen faces famine

UN appeals for $3.85 bn as Yemen faces famine

dpa
Geneva
The United Nations is appealing for $3.85 billion in funding to save millions of people in Yemen from hunger, in an international donor meeting on Monday.
Last year, countries only donated 1.9 billion dollars for people in Yemen, just over half of the funding that would have been needed, OCHA, the UN emergency aid office, said ahead of the online pledging conference.
Of the 29 million people in the impoverished country, 24 million need humanitarian aid, according to UN estimates.
A record 2.3 million children are suffering from acute malnutrition, and nearly 400,000 children below the age of five are in danger of dying unless they receive urgent food aid.
The European Commission pledged 95 million euros ($114.4 million) in humanitarian aid this year to Yemen, to “address the most pressing needs” of Yemenis, including food, health care, financial assistance, water and sanitation, education and other life-saving support.
“New EU funding will be essential in maintaining life-saving aid for millions of people, exhausted after a disastrous year marked by fighting, Covid-19 and further economic collapse,” the EU’s crisis management commissioner, Janez Lenarcic, said.
He called on warring parties to facilitate access for humanitarian groups to those most in need.

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