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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Niger - Yemen

25 Jun 2021

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A displaced woman in Al-Shaap camp in Aden City, Yemen, November 2020. © Ayman Fouad/YPN for OCHA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 25 June 2021

Niger

OCHA warns that escalating cross-border violence by non-State armed groups continues to cause grave human rights violations, acute protection concerns, and population displacement along the Burkina Faso, Mali and Nigeria borders.

In the latest attack against civilians in Tillabery yesterday, at least 18 people lost their lives and several others were injured in the village of Dagazamni. 

The insecurity has forcibly displaced more than 537,000 people across the country. It has also affected people’s access to basic social services, including education and health care.

Some 2.3 million people in Niger, 600,000 people more than projected in November 2020, will likely face severe food insecurity in the June to August lean season due to drought, floods and insecurity.  

About 3.8 million people in Niger need humanitarian assistance this year.  Aid agencies need US$523 million to help the most vulnerable 2.1 million of them. So far, only 8 per cent of the required funding is secured.

 

Yemen 

OCHA warns of an increasingly desperate situation for millions of people.

Conflict is continuing unabated, including in Ma’rib, where violence has displaced more than 22,000 people since early February. These escalations are threatening civilian lives and driving up humanitarian needs. 

Humanitarians are scaling up, but ultimately what people need is an end to the fighting – not only in Ma’rib but across the country.

The country’s economy is in free fall. The value of the Yemeni currency reached record lows earlier this month, meaning more people can afford less food and basic goods. This is extremely alarming, with more than half of the country’s population facing food insecurity and 5 million people one step away from famine. 

A surge in donor support over the past few months has had a significant impact. Yemen’s Humanitarian Response Plan is now 44 per cent funded, up from 15 per cent in February. But much of this funding will run out in the coming months. 

Without additional, flexible and predictable funding, we will face yet another funding cliff and millions of people will see reductions in the life-saving assistance they so urgently need.