In May 2012, top donors gathered at a conference hosted by Saudi Arabia pledged $4 billion to support development projects and stabilization efforts in Yemen, a country then feared to be on the brink of a humanitarian disaster.
Almost a year and a half later funds are not sufficient, and the United Nations is asking for more money.
The U.N. Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on Monday issued a revised appeal of $702 million to continue their operations until the end of 2013.
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A statement from the OCHA mission in Yemen said the money is needed to assist 7.7 million people affected by conflict and instability since former president Ali Abdullah Saleh was forced to step down by overwhelming popular pressure in 2012 and a transitional government was established.
Ould Cheikh Ahmed, head of OCHA in Sanaa, explained in a statement that the funds will go to providing food, clean water, health care and other vital services that are unavailable to most Yemenis since the state practically collapsed two years ago.
Ahmed noted that only 38 percent of their appeal has been fulfilled so far, according to data from the U.N. agency.
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