More Funding, Humanitarian Aid Access Needed In Yemen To Prevent Famine

Reuters: Yemen blockade needs to be fully wound down: U.N. aid chief
“The Saudi-led military coalition must fully lift its blockade on Yemen, where seven or eight million are ‘right on the brink of famine,’ U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said on Friday, but he declined to say if maintaining such a blockade was legal…” (Miles, 12/1).

U.N. News Centre: New funding provides much needed boost for Yemen aid operations, but needs outstrip means
“A United Nations-managed humanitarian emergency fund has allocated $70 million to strife-ridden Yemen, enabling critical life-saving relief operations across large parts of the country. … The latest, much-needed allocation — made possible through contributions from 18 donors — will help many, but more resources are urgently needed to ensure that the $1 billion funding gap in the 2017 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan can be closed and all those who need assistance can be reached…” (11/30).

Washington Post: Saudi Arabia lifted its blockade of Yemen. It’s not nearly enough to prevent a famine.
“…Last week, after an international outcry, Saudi Arabia relaxed that blockade. Aid deliveries were allowed to two rebel-held sea and air ports. … It’s better than nothing. But aid groups say it’s not nearly enough. They warn that unless Saudi Arabia permits commercial shipments of fuel and food immediately, millions of people will starve…” (Erickson, 12/1).

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