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EC to release EUR116 million for those in need in Yemen

Staff Writer |
The European Commission is announcing at the United Nations in Geneva its intention to release further support of €116 million for those in need in Yemen.

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The support includes €46 million of emergency humanitarian aid and €70 million to support resilience and early recovery in 2017.

The country has become one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises after 2 years of conflict with 18.8 million people, almost 70% of the Yemeni population in need of assistance.

In March 2015, Yemen descended into widespread armed conflict. Two years into the conflict, the already dire humanitarian situation in the country has significantly deteriorated.

The on-going conflict, the destruction of basic infrastructure, compounded by the collapse of the economy and financial system has severely limited imports of food, medicine and fuel.

The health sector is also close to collapse. Humanitarian organisations estimate that 18.8 million people (almost 70% of the total population) are in need of humanitarian assistance, more than 17 million people are food insecure; 7 million of them are at risk of famine.

2 million children are suffering from malnutrition, and without any treatment 462 000 of them may die in the coming months.

14.8 million are in need of health care and 14.5 million lack access to water and sanitation. 4.5 million need access to shelter and household items.

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