UN: Shutdown of humanitarian operations impacts millions of Yemenis

UN: Shutdown of humanitarian operations impacts millions of Yemenis

Alsahwa Net-The United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator to Yemen, Lise Grande warned on Wednesday about repercussions of reduction to humanitarian operations in Yemen due to the lack of funding.

Millions of people will be directly impacted by the ongoing reduction if the funding shortage has not been met, according to UN.

The UN says that half of all its major programs in Yemen are impacted by the lack of funding and 12 of the UN’s 38 major program are already shut or drastically reduced.

 Between August and September 20 programs face further reductions or closure.

In a statement released by the UN, Grande said that “We have no choice,” saying “ We have a moral obligation to warn the world that millions of Yemenis will suffer and could die because we don’t have the funding we need to keep going.”

“This is an operation with real impact,” said Grande.

 “Humanitarians have prevented large-scale famine, rolled back the worst cholera epidemic in modern history, and provided help to millions of displaced people. No one can say we haven’t made a difference. Yemenis have survived this terrible war because of what humanitarians have done and continue to do every single day,” she said.

Allowances to nearly 10,000 front-line health workers were stopped, and the supplies needed to treat trauma patients, who will almost certainly die without immediate treatment, were halted, according to the UN statement.

If funding is not urgently received in the next weeks, 50 percent of water and sanitation services will be cut, medicines and essential supplies for 189 hospitals and 2,500 primary healthcare clinics, representing half of the health facilities in the country, will halt, according to the UN statement.

It says that Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Nearly 80 percent of the population – over 24 million people - require some form of humanitarian aid and protection.

At the High-Level Pledging Event in Riyadh held on 2 June, donors pledged only US$1.35 billion of the $2.41 billion needed to cover essential humanitarian activities until the year end, leaving a gap of more than $1 billion, the statement said.

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