UN agency appeals for $3 million to aid Yemenis displaced by conflict
According to the agency, about half of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) returned to their homes in the Sa'adah Governorate after a ceasefire was signed in August 2007. However, renewed fighting has led to new displacements, and despite a peace agreement signed in January 2008, the situation remains volatile.
UNHCR plans to use the funds to improve the living conditions of the IDPs and returnees, including through the distribution of non-food items, such as blankets, stoves and mattresses. It also intends to provide tents and reconstruction material and assistance for the construction of mud shelter for 400 vulnerable returnees.
“This assistance will also help relieve the burden on local communities, which host 90 per cent of the IDP population,” Mr. Redmond noted.
The agency also plans to provide IDPs and returnees with training so they can become self-sufficient, raise awareness on IDP rights, provide social counselling services and carry out projects to prevent sexual-based violence.