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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Yemen

14 Oct 2021

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People receive food assistance at a distribution by the World Food Programme in Al Khawkhah District, Al-Hudaydah Governorate, Yemen, March 2021. © Abdullah Al-Halaby/YPN for OCHA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 14 October 2021

Yemen

Earlier this morning, the acting Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ramesh Rajasingham, briefed the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

His remarks focused on growing conflict and instability, the economic collapse, and the aid operation in the country. 

Mr. Rajasingham told the Council that more than 20 million people across Yemen – two thirds of the population – need assistance from humanitarian agencies. Conflict has intensified in recent weeks, but a ceasefire remains elusive. At the same time, Yemen’s economy is collapsing, leaving millions of people destitute.

He said that hostilities in September killed or injured 235 civilians across Yemen. That’s almost eight people every day – the second-highest figure in two years. In addition, fighting in Marib is taking a particularly heavy civilian toll. Last month, almost 10,000 people were displaced in Marib – the single-highest figure so far this year. 

On the humanitarian operation in Yemen, the Assistant Secretary-General said that aid agencies are now helping nearly 13 million people across the country. That’s about 3 million more people than just a few months before, and is a direct result of more donor funds coming in over the past few months. 

While these funds are making an enormous difference, he said that aid agencies do not have enough money to keep going at the scale required. In the coming weeks and months, up to 4 million people could see their food aid reduced. 

Funding for water delivery and hospitals will also run out by the end of November. Water, sanitation and hygiene programmes have only received 12 per cent of the funds they need this year; health programmes have received just 15 per cent. Similar gaps persist in shelter and other sectors.

The Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen has so far received US$2.1 billion – 54 per cent of its $3.85 billion requirement.