The United Nations on Sunday made what it said was a record appeal for aid to Yemen, calling for nearly $3 billion in humanitarian relief for the war-torn country.
The $2.96 billion will be used to respond to an ever-broadening crisis in Yemen, where the Saudi-led war, looming famine and cholera have killed thousands and put millions of lives at risk.
The appeal, made on behalf of UN agencies and humanitarian partners, came as 11.3 million people “urgently require assistance to survive”, UN aid agency OCHA said in a statement. “A generation of children is growing up in suffering and deprivation,” OCHA said.
“Nearly two million children are out of school, 1.8 million children under the age of five are acutely malnourished, including 400,000 who suffer from severe acute malnutrition and are 10 times more likely to die if they do not receive medical treatment.”