UN unveils 2012 funding request for Yemen aid operations

A displaced Yemeni woman sits at the entrance of her tent. The United Nations has requested funding for its humanitarian operations in the country in 2012. Photo by: R. Nuri / UNHCR

The United Nations’ funding request for its humanitarian operations in Yemen in 2012 comes with an appeal to Gulf countries: It’s time to chip in more money.

The Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan 2012 seeks $447 million for various projects targeted to assist up to 4 million people in need of aid. This funding request is 95 percent higher than the past year’s, according to U.N. officials. These officials warned Yemen needs immediate and substantial assistance, especially food, clean water, health care and sanitation.

“If we don’t act now, Yemen will become another Somalia from a humanitarian perspective,” said Geert Cappelaere, representative of UNICEF in Yemen, according to Reuters.

Another U.N. official pressed Yemen’s neighbor countries in the Gulf region to scale up their assistance for the conflict-torn country, which has been unstable since demonstrations against President Ali Abdullah Saleh started earlier this year.

“The bulk of donor money comes from Western countries. It’s time that Gulf countries deliver as well,” said Naveed Hussain, representative of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Yemen, according to Reuters.

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