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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Yemen, Syria

28 Jun 2022

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Child health support for millions of children in Yemen will be suspended by July because of funding shortages. Credit: OCHA/Giles Clarke

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights –   28 June 2022

Yemen

Hunger is now at the highest level in the country since 2015. More than 19 million people are going hungry, including more than 160,000 on the verge of famine.

Funding cuts are hampering our ability to help people in need. Last December, the World Food Programme was forced to reduce food rations for 8 million people due to funding gaps and had to introduce another round of cuts last month. Five million people will now receive less than half of their daily requirement, and 8 million people will receive less than one-third of their daily requirement.

More than 8 million women and children in Yemen need nutrition help, including more 500,000 severely malnourished children. By July, UNICEF may have to stop treatment for more than 50,000 severely malnourished children.

Also by next month, UNICEF will suspend its work on safe water and sanitation for up to 3.6 million people. Landmines and other explosive remnants of war have been the largest cause of civilian casualties in Yemen during the truce period. By July, UNICEF will cut in half its mine risk education activities, putting 2 million children and their families at greater risk of mine-related injuries and deaths.

More than 4 million people in Yemen are currently internally displaced. These families are four times more likely to experience food insecurity than those who are not uprooted. By July, the UN Refugee Agency will slash its cash assistance, shelter and basic relief items for 150,000 displaced people and for nearly 100,000 refugees and asylum-seekers.

On health care, UNICEF will suspend maternal and child health support which help up to 2.5 million children and 100,000 women by July.

Syria

The UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, Imran Riza, said today that humanitarian needs are unprecedented. Today, 14.6 million men, women and children require aid, which is an increase of 1.2 million people from 2021 and the highest since the crisis began.

The rapid rise in needs is driven by a deepening economic crisis, ongoing displacement, continued fighting in some parts of the country and climate shocks.  More than 90 per cent of Syrians are currently estimated to live in poverty and food insecurity has reached record levels.

The UN is responding at scale to meet needs. In 2021, over 7 million people were reached with life-saving aid each month. This includes an average of 4.5 million people in need reached in government controlled areas.

The UN and partners reached another 2.4 million people in need north-west Syria through a massive cross-border operation. The UN is also scaling up its early recovery activities, building resilience for people after over a decade of crisis.

We have received under just one quarter of the $4.4 billion we need for the humanitarian response in Syria.