UN launches largest humanitarian appeal for Yemen

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The United Nations has launched the largest consolidated humanitarian appeal for Yemen to raise $2.96 billion for providing lifesaving assistance to 13 million people in the war-ravaged nation.

The coverage of 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, launched on Sunday, will include 11.3 million in acute need who urgently require assistance to survive.

The country has been ravaged under two years of relentless conflict that has severely affected at least three-quarters of the population.

“Humanitarian assistance is not the solution to the plight of the people of Yemen, but it is the only lifeline for millions of them,” said Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen.

The children are most vulnerable in the country. There are two million children who are out of school and 1.8 million children under the age of five are acutely malnourished.

“A strategic priority for the 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan is to work with national institutions that provide essential services to prevent their collapse,” said McGoldrick.

“We thank donors for their support in 2017, and urge them to support the people of Yemen as they continue to face unprecedented needs,” he added.

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