UNICEF distributes financial aid to 9 million Yemenis

July 25, 2019

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has distributed some $ 45 million as emergency cash assistance to 9 million Yemenis .

In the fifth disbursement cycle, UNICEF emergency cash assistance has been provided to some 9 million people across Yemen to help meet their urgent needs as the conflict enters its fifth year,” the organization said in a statement on Wednesday. .

The disbursement of cash transfers from 16 June to 15 July 2019 is part of the fifth disbursement cycle of the emergency cash transfers project.

The disbursement takes place on a quarterly basis. The average family gets about US $ 30 to be paid in Yemeni riyals to help them manage their most urgent needs, the statement said.

The  emergency cash transfers in Yemen started in August 2017 to provide cash

assistance to 1.5 million families from the most vulnerable households.

For the fifth year in a row, Yemen is witnessing a war between pro-government forces and Huthi militants accused of receiving Iranian support and controlling the provinces, including the capital Sanaa since September 2014.

Since March 2015, an Arab military alliance led by Saudi Arabia has supported government forces in the face of the Huthis.

The fighting raged in Yemen on 30 fronts, killing 70,000

people, since the beginning of 2016, according to estimates of UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lokoc, during a briefing to the Security Council on 17 June 2019.

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