UN: $90m needed to assist internally displaced families in Yemen

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Nearly $90 million is needed to assist and protect millions of internally displaced Yemenis, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.

After five years of war, the UN has described Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

The country has experienced the worst cholera outbreaks in modern history and is now facing the coronavirus pandemic.

"UNHCR is urgently seeking $89.4m [Dh328.3m] to secure life-saving protection and assistance to internally displaced families, refugees, and asylum-seekers and their hosting communities," the UN High Commission for Refugees said.

The conflict has killed more than 100,000 people and destroyed more than half of the country’s hospitals and clinics.

The UN estimates that more than 3.6 million people have been forced to flee their homes in Yemen since the start of the war.

A girl gestures before boarding a United Nations plane which will carry her and other patients to Amman, Jordan in the first flight of a medical air bridge from Sanaa airport in Sanaa, Yemen. Reuters

A Yemeni boy waves from inside a bus before boarding a United Nations plane at Sanaa International airport, Yemen. AP Photo

A Yemeni man holds his passport as he waits in departure lounge at Sanaa International airport, Yemen. AP Photo

A Yemeni child walks to board a UN aircraft at Sanaa International Airport while being evacuated bound for the Jordanian capital Amman to receive medical treatment there. AFP

People wait to board a United Nations plane which will carry them and other patients to Amman, Jordan in the first flight of a medical air bridge from Sanaa airport in Sanaa, Yemen. Reuters

The guardian of a Yemeni child being evacuated on a UN aircraft shows their travel documents at Sanaa International Airport bound for the Jordanian capital Amman to receive medical treatment there. AFP

A Yemeni girl and boy wait in the departure lounge at Sanaa International airport, in Yemen. AP Photo

Yemenis board a United Nation plane at Sanaa International airport, Yemen. AP Photo

Yemeni children and their guardians arrive after a United Nations medical evacuation from Sanaa at Queen Alia International Airport, south of the Jordanian capital Amman in what the UN hopes will be the first of many "mercy flights". AFP

A Yemeni child looks on upon arrival with their guardian after a United Nations medical evacuation from Sanaa at Queen Alia International Airport, south of the Jordanian capital Amman in what the UN hopes will be the first of many "mercy flights". AFP

The UNHCR says the funds are needed to ensure the continuation of its operations in Yemen for the internally displaced, refugees and asylum seekers of other nationalities.

Nearly one million of them are at risk of "losing their shelter, vital cash assistance for essentials like food and medicine, and much more", the agency said.

Financial assistance is needed to “keep the life saving aid programmes running”, it said.

Without the funds, 655,000 internally displaced people, and a refugee and asylum-seeking population of 281,000, would be left in dire need of food, medicine and shelter.

“For many refugees and displaced families, this is a matter of life and death,” the agency said.

Yemen is also facing an outbreak of coronavirus and the effects of recent torrential rain and flooding in places such as Aden, Abyan, Lahj, Marib, Sanaa and Amanat Al Asemah governorates.

The flooding has affected more than 100,000 people across the country and has damaged sites hosting internally displaced people and public infrastructure.

Updated: April 29, 2020 01:29 AM

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