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Commissioner Georgieva increases European humanitarian aid to Yemen

Visit by Commissioner Georgieva to Yemen – 15/01/2011 © EU
15/01/2011  - 

At the end of her visit to Yemen, Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva announced the mobilisation of €15 million to address the country’s growing humanitarian needs. The Commissioner also inaugurated the new European humanitarian office in the capital Sana'a. Yemen hosts over 239 000 refugees from the Horn of Africa, while around 225 000 Yemeni are internally displaced due to conflicts. During her three-day trip to Yemen, Ms Georgieva visited the conflict-affected area in the north, as well as refugee camps in the south. Together with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, she held meetings with refugees, internally displaced people and humanitarian workers helping them. Georgieva and Guterres also met with high-level government officials and representatives of the Houthi armed movement, and were encouraged by their commitment to facilitate humanitarian access and delivery of aid to all Yemeni people in need.