The United Nations has called on donor countries to allocate $ 3.85 billion to fund humanitarian aid in Yemen in 2021.
A press release by the international organization, published today, Monday in Geneva, ahead of a ministerial conference to collect donations for Yemen, said that the United Nations expects during this year to provide humanitarian support and assistance to 16 million Yemenis, to prevent widespread hunger in this country.
The statement stressed that two-thirds of Yemen’s population needs aid, in order to be able to withstand and survive. He mentioned that about half of the country’s children under the age of five suffer from acute malnutrition, and 400,000 of them may die if urgent treatment is not available.
Commenting on the conference, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “For most people, life in Yemen is now unbearable. Children in Yemen are suffering especially from hellish conditions.”
“The war is engulfing an entire generation of Yemenis. We must put an end to that, and start dealing with its massive repercussions immediately,” Guterres added.
More than 100 countries are participating at the ministerial level in the international fundraising event for Yemen, which is being held Monday. The meeting is organized by the United Nations, Switzerland and Sweden.