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€10 million in humanitarian aid provided for refugees and people affected by the conflict in Yemen

Children in a refugee camp in Yemen © EU
26/07/2010  - 

The European Commission announced a funding package of €10 million to respond to urgent humanitarian needs exacerbated by a lack of support from the international community. The funds will be used to provide shelter, water and sanitation, food and livelihood support, basic health care and protection. The money is directed to the most vulnerable among the 350,000 internally displaced persons, their host communities, and 170 000 foreign refugees in Yemen.

Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva said: "Yemen is facing two major humanitarian challenges which are overstretching the country's resources. Due to the recurrent conflict, we have about 350,000 internally displaced people in the north. There are also over 170,000 refugees, mainly from Somalia, who are trying to escape the instability in the Horn of Africa, scattered all around Yemen. The most vulnerable among both groups of population are largely dependent on international humanitarian aid as livelihood opportunities are scarce and the resources of host communities have been depleted and overstretched over the past few months. We are facing a situation, where humanitarian organisations are confronted with a shortage of funding that could force them to reduce or discontinue their operations. Urgent and immediate financial support is needed to ensure the continuation of the relief effort. I am therefore extremely glad that the European Commission is able to make such a substantial contribution to saving the lives of tens of thousands of people who are living in deplorable conditions in Yemen".