Saudi Arabia Demanded Good Publicity For Yemen Aid, Leaked Internal U.N. Document Shows
The Guardian: Saudis demanded good publicity over Yemen aid, leaked U.N. document shows
“Saudi Arabia has demanded that aid agencies operating in Yemen should provide favorable publicity for Riyadh’s role in providing $930m (£725m) of humanitarian aid, an internal U.N. document reveals. Saudi military intervention in the three-year civil war is widely regarded as a prime cause of the humanitarian disaster that has seen 10,000 civilians killed, and left millions close to starvation. … The document, entitled Visibility Plan, covers the terms of the 2018 humanitarian budget for Yemen, and shows the extent to which the U.N. aid agency, OCHA, was put under pressure to accept the PR strings attached to money given both by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The two countries provided nearly one third of the total U.N. humanitarian budget for Yemen for this year…” (Wintour, 10/30).