Concerned about the effects of persistent instability, drought and poverty on hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people in Yemen, the European Commission is today increasing its humanitarian funding with an additional €5 million. The decision brings the Commission's 2011 humanitarian allocation for Yemen to €25 million, and total EU humanitarian funding to over €60 million.
Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said: ‘When I visited Yemen 11 months ago, the country was already on the brink of humanitarian crisis. Since then the situation has worsened and hundreds of thousands have lost their homes, have too little to eat and are victims of violence. At a critical moment for the country and its people we are boosting our relief aid and we will continue our support to the most vulnerable Yemeni families, notably through the provision of food and healthcare.’
The additional European funding will help to provide assistance and protection to people affected by armed clashes and political turmoil, as well as victims of the ongoing food crisis and refugees from the Horn of Africa, mostly from Somalia. It will finance food distribution, cash-for-work programmes and small-scale economic initiatives. Access to water and sanitation facilities will also be secured for around 300 000 people. In addition, regular development aid, concentrating on the population’s basic needs, continues to be disbursed to the country.