UN Warns That Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis is the Worst in the World

March 15, 2019

According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) the “seriousness of needs is increasing”, with the number of people in bad need, a lurching 27% higher than last year, when it was already facing the most severe crisis on the globe.

Thursday’s 2019 Humanitarian Needs Overview for Yemen report displayed that 14.3 million people are categorized as being in dire need, with around 3.2 million needing treatment for severe hunger and starvation; which includes two million children under the age of five, and over one million pregnant and lactating women.

Pointing out that over 20 million people across the nation are facing food shortage, half of them suffering intense levels of hunger, the report also stresses on some crucial humanitarian matters, such as basic survival needs, safeguard of civilians and livelihoods and necessary basic services.

OCHA reports showed that the intensification of the battle since March 2015 has badly intensified the protection crunch in which millions of Yemenis facing the threat to their safety and basic rights.

The UN agency data showed that a total of 17.8 million people don’t have access to safe clean water and sanitation and 19.7 million do not have approach to proper healthcare. For this reason, hundreds of thousands of people fell last year.

In the meantime, grains are rotting in a key Red Sea storage facility because situations are too dangerous to reach it, according to UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and UN Emergency relief chief Mark Lowcock.

During the last four years of fierce battle between Government forces and Houthi militia have left tens of thousands dead or injured which includes at least 17,700 civilians.

The agency adds that an estimated 3.3 million people remain displaced, up from 2.2 million last year, including 685,000 people who fled fighting in Hudaydah and on the west coast, from June onwards.

In an effort to response to the urgent humanitarian needs, the United Nations and the Governments of Sweden and Switzerland will hold the third High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, at the end of this month.

The event is due for 26 February in Geneva and looks to garner backing for the humanitarian response and allay the suffering of the Yemeni people.

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