A senior UN official appealed Monday for the international community “not to turn its back” on Yemen and to honour its pledges of aid for the impoverished and war-battered country.
“Four years of conflict according to the UNDP latest report have set back Yemen by 20 years,” United Nations Development Programme administrator Achim Steiner told AFP in an interview in Amman.
He said the United Nations had received less than 36 percent of the $2.6 billion (2.3 billion euros) pledged at a Geneva conference in February.
“Currently in the next two or three months we can expect that if funding does not materialise, over 21 programmes will have to be rolled back,” Steiner added following his first visit to Yemen since taking up his post in 2017.
Tens of thousands of people have died since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in support of the Yemeni government against Shia Huthi rebels in 2015, according to relief agencies.
“It is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world and in some respects it is getting worse because hostilities and fighting still continue and the situation for 20 million or over two thirds of Yemeni citizens require humanitarian support,” he said.
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