UN launches an appeal to raise $4 billion to help the Yemenis

The UN has launched an appeal for $4 billion (£3.1 billion) in aid this year for Yemen, devastated by nearly a decade of war and conflict.

The UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA) said in a statement that its 2024 humanitarian response plan “requires $2.7 billion for live-saving assistance and protection services”. A further $1.3 billion was needed for sustainable development, it said.

“Urgent support” was needed for more than 18.2 million civilians in Yemen “who have faced tremendous suffering daily for more than nine years due to conflict, economic deterioration, severely disrupted public infrastructure and services, as well as climate change”, Peter Hawkins, the acting UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, said.

He added: We must not turn our backs on the people of Yemen. I am appealing to donors for their continued and urgent support to save lives, build resilience, and also to fund sustainable interventions.

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