Yemen: Humanitarian Aid

Department for International Development written question – answered on 18th September 2015.

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Photo of Lord Luce Lord Luce Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian needs of the people of Yemen; and what humanitarian assistance is being provided to them.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

According to the UN, 21 million people - more than 80% of the population - are in need of humanitarian assistance in Yemen. Of those, over 6 million people are facing severe food shortages, with households struggling to meet their daily needs. In particular, 1.8 million children are most at risk and require access to life-saving nutrition services. In Hodeidah city alone, UNICEF have warned that 96,000 severely malnourished children are at risk of dying.

The UK is one of the largest donors to the crisis in Yemen and has announced £55 million to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, focused on the most urgent life-saving needs. UK aid will provide emergency shelter, healthcare, water, food and nutrition assistance for at least half a million Yemenis, as well as supporting UN work to co-ordinate the international humanitarian response.

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