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Stephen O’Brien to Visit Yemen

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Written by NY Staff

The UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, Stephen O’Brien, is expected to visit Djibouti and Yemen on Oct. 1-4, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters here Friday.

In Djibouti, O’Brien, who is also the UN emergency relief coordinator, is scheduled to meet with key officials and visit local communities supported by humanitarian assistance, Dujarric said at a daily news briefing here.

O’Brien will start his visit to Yemen on Oct. 2 and he will meet officials in Sanaa and see first-hand the situation of internally displaced families and others who urgently need humanitarian aid, the spokesman added.

Djibouti is one of the countries which host Yemeni refugees fleeing the conflict in Yemen.

After 18 months of civil war and a Saudi-led bombing campaign, 14.1 million people in Yemen are food insecure, of whom 7.6 million are one step from famine, the UN said.

Around 14.4 million people lack access to adequate healthcare services and 19 million lack access to clean water and sanitation, the world body said, adding that some 82 percent of Yemen’s total population, around 22.1 million, in Yemen require basic aid.

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