Yemen at state of total collapse: Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator,Stephen O'Brien



    Yemen at state of total collapse: Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator,Stephen O'Brien

    May 31, Sana'a:The United Nation's top humanitarian co-ordinator stated that Yemen is facing "total social, economic and institutional collapse."

    Accordignt to, Stephen O'Brien"urgent action is required". Yemen is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, with almost seven million people on the brink of famine.

    Similarly, the outbreak of cholera has also killed 500 people, and the UN expects 150,000 cases in the next six months. O'Brien told on the Council that the suffering of Yemenis was not a coincidence, or the "result of forces beyond our control" - but rather the fault of those involved and inaction by world powers."The people of Yemen are being subjected to deprivation, disease and death as the world watches," he said."Crisis is not coming, it is not looming, it is here today - on our watch," he added.

    He said that despite "generous pledges" only 24% of the $2.1 billion needed for humanitarian aid had been received.For the past two years, the country has been embroiled in fighting between forces loyal to the internationally recognised president, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and Shia Houthi rebels.

    Meanwhile, the Al-Qaeda, has taken advantage of the chaos to reinforce its presence in the south and south-east of the country.
    More than 8,000 people - mostly civilians - have been killed and close to 44,500 others injured since the conflict escalated in March 2015, UN figures say.

    The Oslo Times International News Network

     
     

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