Billions Needed to Prevent Famine in Yemen | Abroad

Yemen has been in a bloody civil war since 2014. The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels then took control of the capital, Sanaa, and much of the north. The war escalated after Saudi Arabia came to the aid of the government. Eight out of 10 Yemenis depend on emergency aid.

Juriaan Lahr, head of international aid at the Dutch Red Cross: “More than 80 percent of the population has lost everything, but has also been hit by severe food shortages. Food costs have skyrocketed. The price of rice, milk, oil and salt, for example, has increased by 60 percent. More and more people can no longer buy food. We are doing what we can, but we need more money to be able to continue to provide emergency aid. ”

14 million people

Lahr emphasizes that more than 14 million people are in need of acute care, especially mothers and children. “There are almost no medicines left.” Last week, the Red Cross opened Giro 5125 to raise money for the rising global food shortage.

Belgium is releasing 5 million euros for aid to Yemen, the Belgian Minister of Development Cooperation Meryame Kitir announced on Sunday. “Now is the time to show international solidarity. Certainly in these corona times, which are felt even harder in a country like Yemen, we need to take action ”, says Kitir.

Not enough support

Last year there was also a fundraising campaign by the UN, but it only yielded slightly more than half of what is needed. Aid organizations have had to reduce the distribution of food. Instead of the 13 to 14 million people previously cared for each month, the money was only enough for 9 million people. Lowcock says he is convinced that as the humanitarian situation stabilizes, the prospect of a political solution grows.

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