Yemen Faces Famine, U.N. Humanitarian Chief Warns, Singling Out Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait For Lack Of Aid

AP: U.N. warns of Yemen famine, no aid from Saudis, UAE, Kuwait
“The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Tuesday that ‘the specter of famine’ has returned to conflict-torn Yemen and for the first time singled out Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait for giving nothing to this year’s $3.4 billion appeal. Mark Lowcock told the U.N. Security Council that famine in Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest country, was averted two years ago because donors swiftly met 90% of the U.N.’s funding requirements, enabling humanitarian agencies to increase monthly aid from 8 million to 12 million people and save ‘millions of lives.’ Today, he said, the U.N. appeal has received only 30%, about $1 billion, leaving 9 million Yemenis to cope with deepening cuts to aid programs including food, water, and health care…” (Lederer, 9/15).

Additional coverage of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is available from CNN and U.N. News.

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