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4 million people in Yemen, half of them children, could lose access to water if fundraising goal not met 

4 million people in Yemen, half of them children, could lose access to water if fundraising goal not met 

Sarmad Nasarullah
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The United Nations and UNICEF pleaded with international donors and countries to raise more money for Yemen. They warned that 30 of its 41 aid-programs would shut down if additional funds weren’t secured, which would leave more than 4 million people, more than half of them children, without access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene.

What is the Yemen crisis?

The Yemen Civil War began in 2015 between two separate factions in the country both claiming to be the government. One is the government led by Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, supported by the United States and Saudi Arabia. The other is the Houthi-led Supreme Revolutionary Committee.

What is the humanitarian crisis?

Dubbed the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions more displaced. A Saudi-led bombing campaign, supported by the United States, was reported to have struck five densely populated areas as well as medical facilities and IDP camps, according to human rights agencies. 24 million Yemenis, more than 2/3 of the population, are dependent on some form of aid. Having faced cholera, and now COVID-19, the Yemeni people have the lowest health immunity in the world, according to the UN, and its health system has effectively collapsed.

Lives of 4 million people threatened?

The UN and UNICEF had set up 41 aid-programs sustaining the lives of a substantial share of 24 million Yemenis. However, the gradual drying of aid has led the lives of more than 4 million people in jeopardy. In a recent conference, $1.34 billion was pledged by international donors but that was well below the aim of $2.4 billion that was needed to avoid cutbacks. The UN announced that, in the absence of an additional $30 million by the end of the month, more than 30 of their aid programs will start shutting down in July which would cost 4 million people, half of them children, access to water, sanitation and hygiene.

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