US, EU Step Up Yemen Aid But UN Warns Millions Face Hunger
Faizan Hashmi 28 days ago Thu 23rd September 2021 | 01:30 AM
United Nations, United States, Sept 22 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Sep, 2021 ) :Donors led by the United States and European Union on Wednesday pledged another $600 million for Yemen, but the United Nations said that a financial shortfall meant that millions could go hungry.
"Humanitarian assistance makes a critical difference in people's lives, but it alone cannot resolve this crisis," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement to a pledging event at the United Nations.
He called on Saudi Arabia, which has led a devastating air campaign in Yemen, as well as Huthi rebels and the government to help ensure the flow of fuel into the country, one factor that has destabilized the economy and kept staples out of reach for many Yemenis.
9 million people dependent on aid, which is nearly half the country.
"We are predicting that if we don't receive the funds that we need in the next 6 months -- which is $800 million -- when we start cutting rations, you could actually see that number go to 400,000 children under age five dying in the next year," Beasley said.
"What if that was your little girl, and your little boy? We have a moral obligation to speak out and step up."He also said the priority needed to be on ending the war, in which the Huthi rebels have seized much of the nation as they battle a Saudi-backed government and a military coalition spearheaded by Riyadh.
"If donors are getting fatigued, well, end the war," Beasley said.