'Looming catastrophe' in Yemen
(MENAFN- The Peninsula) As the talks wrapped up Friday, the UN launched an appeal for $1.6 billion (1.4 billion euros) to help millions of people in need in the war-ravaged country.
"I am deliberately raising the alarm about the looming humanitarian catastrophe facing Yemen, where over 21 million Yemenis, 80 percent of the countries population, are in need of some form of aid to meet their basic needs or protect their basic rights today," the UN's new humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brian told reporters.
"These numbers are difficult to comprehend," he said, but insisted "we must not grow numb to the suffering of each and every individual who lies behind them."
Friday's funding appeal will cover aid, including food, water and shelter, to 11.7 million of the most vulnerable people in need through the end of the year.
The appeal was revised up from a combined $1.02 billion (900 million euros) requested in December and April for Yemen.
Only about a fifth of the needed cash has so far been received, the UN said.
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