The European Commission is increasing its humanitarian aid by €12 million for people affected by the crisis in Yemen. The support will help address the most pressing needs of the suffering population.
Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said: "The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is reaching catastrophic proportions with 80% of the population now in need of assistance. Humanitarian pauses are vital to enable humanitarian workers and organisations deliver much needed aid. These pauses must be granted unconditionally by all the parties to the conflict. Furthermore, I reiterate my call to the fighting sides to adhere to International Humanitarian Law by protecting civilians. "
Out of the €12 million, €10 million will be used to provide for nutrition, food, health, water, sanitation, shelter, emergency household supplies and protection to the vulnerable people in Yemen. €2 million - €1 million each for Djibouti and Somalia - will go specifically towards helping thousands of refugees and returnees fleeing from Yemen to countries of the Horn of Africa.
More than four months into the current conflict, there are severe shortages of water, food, medicines and fuel across Yemen, adding to the insecurity caused by regular airstrikes and fighting on the ground. The influx of Yemeni refugees and Somali returnees fleeing to neighbouring Djibouti and Somalia has meanwhile stretched to the limit the capacities of these already fragile countries to host them.
Yemen factsheet: http://ec.europa.eu/echo/files/aid/countries/factsheets/yemen_en.pdf