UN appeal humanitarian aid from International community for Yemen 


June 20, Sanaa: The UN is appealing for humanitarian aid from the international community after UN-brokered efforts to end the ongoing conflict in Yemen drew a blank.

The UN relief arm called for $1.6bn in funding on Friday in order to rescue Yemen from a crisis that has led to acute food insecurity.

Stephen O’Brien, UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, said that as fighting intensifies across the Arabian Peninsula nation, “a humanitarian catastrophe” looms.

Yemenis are struggling to feed their families and basic services are collapsing in all regions. “Millions of families no longer have access to clean water, proper sanitation or basic healthcare,” O’Brien said. “Deadly diseases such as dengue and malaria have broken out, and supplies for acute trauma care are running dangerously low.”

A report submitted by  Dr Abdulnasser Alwali, chairman of the Higher Medical Public Committee – Aden (HMPCA), pointed to signs of a lethal disease outbreak in Aden governorate.

“The health situation in Aden is disastrous. The hospitals have become congested with patients [suffering from] acute fever of unknown etiology on top of those who are dying from dengue fever and typhoid,” he said.

“There is simply no beds available to admit any patients suffering from infectious diseases or casualities secondary to the ongoing conflict.”

On the political front, delegates of Yemen’s exiled government have now returned to Saudi Arabia after peace  talks with a Houthi-led delegation in Geneva collapsed.

The Oslo Times and Agencies

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