UN: Yemen Aid Efforts Still Underfunded

A camp for internally displaced Yemenis in the country’s north-west border with Saudi Arabia. Aid agencies say they only received 36 percent of aid needed to meet the needs of IDPs in Yemen in 2010. Photo by: Annasofie Flamand/IRIN

The humanitarian operation in Yemen remains underfunded, with donors having so far financed only 36 percent of the country’s aid needs, according to the United Nations. 

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said only less than USD70 million of the USD187 million in aid for Yemen sought this year has been received.

Internal conflict has displaced around 340,000 people in five Yemeni governorates. The displaced Yemenis currently face major health problems such as acute malnutrition, diarrhea and anemia. Aside from addressing health issues, providing food aid, water and sanitation are priorities for aid groups working in the area, U.N. News Center reports.

Meanwhile, Yemen’s Planning and International Cooperation Office and Oxfam Great Britain held talks July 22 in Yemen’s business capital of Aden to discuss Oxfam’s potential aid in the areas of gender equality, health care, education and sanitation, the Yemen News Agency reports.

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