A US$2.1 billion appeal to help 12 million Yemenis who depend on aid “for their survival” has been launched by the UN and its humanitarian partners.
Without international support, UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien warns in a statement released on Wednesday, Yemen could face famine this year.
Since March 2015, violent conflict has created a vast protection crisis in Yemen in which millions face threats to their safety and basic rights.
One year in to the conflict in Yemen, the humanitarian situation is extremely dire and in some areas “near to catastrophic” according to the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in the country.
Yemen has been rocked by political instability for years, but a brutal civil war escalated last March, between forces loyal to the President, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, against Houthi rebels.
Four out of five Yemenis are in need of some form of aid including food, clean water, healthcare and shelter, says Johannes van der Klaauw.
State-of-the art evacuation centres in the Philippines are being set up by the UN to provide shelter for communities in cyclone-prone areas of the country.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have broken ground on the first of two such centres on the island of Samar.
Maria Carlino reports.