EU endorses 10-mln-euro humanitarian aid for Yemen

00:48, July 27, 2010      

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The European Commission on Monday announced a funding package of 10 million euros (around 12.9 million U.S. dollars) to respond to urgent humanitarian needs in Yemen.

The funds will be used to provide shelter, sanitation, livelihood support and basic health care, directed to the most vulnerable among the 350,000 internally displaced persons, their host communities, and 170,000 foreign refugees in Yemen.

"Yemen is facing two major humanitarian challenges which are overstretching the country's resources," said Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.

The recurrent conflict had left about 350,000 internally displaced people in the north along with over 170,000 refugees, mainly from Somalia, who are trying to escape the instability in the Horn of Africa, according to the commissioner.

"Humanitarian organizations are confronted with a shortage of funding that could force them to reduce or discontinue their operations," the official said, adding that urgent and immediate financial support is needed to ensure the continuation of the relief effort.

Provision of humanitarian aid is hampered by persistent insecurity even outside the former war zone in North Yemen. Part of the commission funding will therefore be used to ensure the monitoring of the rapidly evolving security situation and to improve coordination among humanitarian actors and donors.

Source: Xinhua


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