UN says funds are needed to help some 16 million people in the war-torn country amid rising hostilities.
The United Nations will need about $ 3.9 billion this year to help millions of people in war-torn Yemen, a top UN humanitarian official said.
Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ramesh Rajasingham told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that “the biggest constraint currently is funding” to help some 16 million people in Yemen, where a civil war for more as raged. seven years.
“I urge all donors to maintain their support this year – and increase it if possible,” Rajasingham said.
He added that funding had declined over the past few years, with last year’s response plan funded at just 58 per cent and with the UN’s World Food Program in December announcing cuts in its aid budget for eight million people.
“Other essential programs, including water, protection and reproductive health services, have also been forced to scale down or close in recent weeks due to a lack of funds,” Rajasingham said.
Apart from funding, humanitarian access and security also remains major obstacles to aid.
The UN also sounded the alarm on Wednesday to continue hostilities in the country, saying the warring parties have accelerated efforts to achieve victory on the battlefield.
Hans Grundberg, the UN secretary general’s envoy to Yemen, told the Security Council that the parties to the conflict “doubled on military options”.
“Seven years on the path of war seems to be the prevailing conviction of all warring sides that inflicting sufficient damage on the others will force them to submission. However, there is no sustainable long-term solution on the battlefield, ”he said.
The parties, Grundberg said, should rather turn to the negotiating table “even if they are not ready to lay down their arms”.
Grundberg said it appeared the country was “entering an escalating cycle with predictable devastating implications for civilians and for the immediate prospect of peace”.
Yemen’s civil war began in 2014 when Iranian – backed Houthi rebels seized the capital, Sanaa, urging Saudi-led forces to intervene to support the government next year.
UN estimates war killed 377 000 people by the end of 2021, directly and indirectly through hunger and disease.