Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Yemen
TitleDaily Noon Briefing Highlights: Yemen
Distribution of food assistance from the World Food Programme in Al Khawkhah District, Al-Hudaydah Governorate, Yemen, March 2021. © Abdullah Al-Halaby/YPN for OCHA
Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 16 September 2021
OCHA has warned of the conflict’s growing toll on civilians. Fierce fighting in Ma’rib displaced at least 264 households (more than 1,800 people) last week, bringing the total number of new displacements in the governorate to more than 27,000 since the beginning of this year.
Yemen’s economy is on the verge of complete collapse. The Yemeni rial is now trading at more than 1,100 to the dollar in Government-controlled areas – a depreciation of more than 80 per cent since the start of the crisis. This is contributing to surging food prices in a country where more than half the population is facing acute food insecurity and 5 million people are close to starvation.
Meanwhile, the country has entered a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which poses a severe threat to the health-care system.
With the generous support of donors, the UN and our partners have been able to prevent famine and scale up assistance across the country. Today, the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan is 54 per cent funded, having received $2.1 billion of its $3.85 billion requirement. However, several sectors still face grave funding gaps, including health, shelter, and water, sanitation and hygiene. Without additional funding, critical life-saving programmes – including food assistance – will be reduced or closed down as soon as next month.
Next Wednesday, 22 September, a high-level event on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen will be convened on the margins of the General Assembly. Hosted by Sweden, Switzerland and the European Union, the event will be an important opportunity for the international community to show their solidarity with the people of Yemen, including through the announcement of new contributions to the humanitarian appeal since the high-level pledging conference on 1 March of this year.