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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Niger - Yemen

17 Mar 2021

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Marib desert IDP settlement, Marib, Yemen, December 2020. © Giles Clarke for OCHA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 17 March 2021

Niger

The UN is saddened by the reports of the killing of about 60 people in the area of Banibangou in Tillabery, Niger, 160 km from the capital, Niamey, on 15 March. The civilians died followed violent attacks by unidentified armed men. So far, no armed group has claimed the attacks.

This is the second-deadliest attack against civilians in the Tillabery region this year, after the attack on 2 January 2021, when around 100 civilians lost their lives.

These recurrent attacks against civilians point to the growing protection of civilians concerns in the Tillabery region, which is located along the Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso border. Half a million people need humanitarian assistance in Tillabery, including 125,000 internally displaced people and refugees.

The UN calls for an end to these acts of violence against civilians that constitute violations of international humanitarian law.

 

Yemen

Yesterday, the UN and humanitarian partners released the 2021 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan. The plan seeks $3.85 billion to provide urgent, life-saving help to 16 million people.

Some 20.7 million Yemenis need some kind of humanitarian assistance, including 12.1 million people in acute need.

Yemen continues to be the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and the largest aid operation. Famine is stalking the nation, with more than half the population facing acute food insecurity and record levels of acute malnutrition among children under 5. The conflict has displaced more than 4 million people. Millions more are struggling to survive because of the economic collapse, surging public health risks and extreme vulnerability.

Urging donors to provide immediate support, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, David Gressly, said that Yemen is approaching the point of no return. He said if we make the wrong choice now, Yemen will experience the worst famine the world has seen in decades.

The Yemen 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan was only 56 per cent funded, forcing the closure or reduction of critical programmes. Humanitarians are doing everything they can to help, but they need adequate funding as needs continue to rise.

At the high-level pledging event for Yemen on 1 March, donors pledged only $1.7 billion for the humanitarian response – less than half the required amount.

As the Secretary-General has said, these pledges represent at best a down payment. The UN urges donors to quickly disburse their pledges and scale up funding for the humanitarian response to save lives.