UNICEF’s Emergency Cash Transferred for 9 million Yemen residents
UNICEF has resumed the third cycle of cash assistance across Yemen. Nearly 1.5 million of the needy families an estimated nine million people in Yemen will benefit from emergency cash transfers with generous funding from the World Bank.“A lifeline for nearly one-third of the people in Yemen, this cash support is so vital to helping families in Yemen make ends meet,” according to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. Nearly every child in the country needs assistance amid a serious threat of famine and recurring disease outbreaks, including diphtheria, cholera and acute watery diarrhea. The intense conflict that killed and injured more than 6,000 children in the past 3.5 years almost entirely paralyzed vital infrastructures like water, sanitation, and health. “I used to sell vegetables for a living, but now all prices have skyrocketed so I am not working anymore,” said Ahmed, a Yemeni father of six children. “Thanks to the cash assistance I just received, I will be able to send my daughters back to school.” “A lifeline for nearly one-third of the people in Yemen, this cash assistance is so vital to helping families in Yemen make ends meet,” UNICEF Regional Director added.