Italy, Germany Respond to WFP Appeal for Yemen

Internally displaced people in the Al Mazraq camp in Yemen depend on food aid. Photo by: Abeer Etefa / WFP

The World Food Program has welcomed recent donor contributions to a funding appeal for its Yemen operations.

In a news release obtained by William Lambers of American Chronicle, WFP said Italy donated of 600,000 euros (USD764,000), while Germany provided 500,000 euros. The funds were used to buy some 2,500 tons of food commodities that will be distributed to internally displaced people in Yemen.

Meanwhile, the U.S. nearly doubled its humanitarian assistance to Yemen. As Devex reported, the U.S. increased by 44 percent the volume of humanitarian aid it planned to deliver to Yemen in 2010.

WFP said despite the recent donations, its funding situation remains dire. The agency is USD20 million short for its operations in Sa’ada, it explained. WFP added that it may be forced to continue delivering reduced food rations until its supplies run out by the end of October 2010.

WFP indicated last month that it may have to end its operations in Yemen by August if it failed to receive additional funding.

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