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Crises in the Region Hamper Fundraising for Yemen

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Humanitarian poverty cases in Yemen

By NY Staff

The General Director of the United Nations Office for the Humanitarian Affairs Coordination in Yemen, Trond Jensen, said that Yemen received only 40 percent of the amount required to cover the humanitarian needs this year, which were estimated to be $592 million.

Jensen confirmed that they work with 105 local and international organization partners in Yemen, and the required funding will enable them to help 7.7 million needy Yemenis. “In case we have not received adequate funding, a large number of citizens will be deprived of health services, food and other services. Unfortunately, the existence of great crises in other countries, such as Iraq, Syria and West and Central Africa are threatening possibilities and the effort to mobilizing funding for Yemen,” he said.

The events in Al-Jawf have increase their concerns, and Jensen said that there are more than a thousand displaced families. The U.N. works through local organizations to reach them and support them. “There are displaced people in need of food, water, health care and materials to live, and there is an urgent need for shelter for displaced people who can not find places to stay,” he said.

According to him, the conflict in Amran, north of Sana’a, has displaced a large number of Yemenis. In the short term the U.N. has succeeded in response to many needs, including the provision of food and health services.

Despite the political transformation since 2011, the economic, social, and human conditions have continued to deteriorate. Jensen says that a lot of humanitarian needs result from under development, and they believe that many of these needs are caused by poverty and lack of access to services.

“Food insecurity is caused by the absence of a source of income, so we call donors and the government to help us to reach those people affected by these problems. The last year we succeeded in reaching five million beneficiaries, but with the current funds we might just to get to the basic and immediate needs for the poorest people and we cannot achieve long-term goals that require significant funding and development efforts,” he explained.

With regard to the effects of the government’s decision on oil subsidies for low-income Yemenis and segments of the poor, Jensen said that may be a decision which effects vulnerable groups in the society, but it’s good to use of the funds available from the petroleum products subsidies to address the problems that prevent access to social prosperity, such as the water problem. These funds must be invested in addressing some of the issues such as basic services and causes of poverty.

Jensen directed a message to the Eighth Ministerial Meeting of the Friends of Yemen group that will be held in New York on September in which he said, “millions of Yemenis are suffering from food insecurity, political and security issues, but donors should give serious consideration to the humanitarian issue influenced by the citizens. There is progress on the political side, but these political gains may be affected by the deterioration of the security situation. Much of Yemen’s problems are caused by backwardness and lack of development, therefore donors must pay attention to these issues to make a positive impact.”