Friday, May 22, 2015

Help keeps pouring in Yemen

BRUSSELS -- In response to the rapidly growing humanitarian needs in Yemen, the European Commission is giving 5.1 million 
euros to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) which is one of the few relief organisations that has access to some of the most vulnerable 

This funding will help provide food, water, medical supplies and other essential aid, according to the EU.

Christos Stylianides, the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said: "Due to the extremely challenging security situation, the International Committee of the Red Cross is one of the very few international humanitarian agencies in Yemen still able to deliver much needed aid to 
the victims of the conflict. I commend the humanitarian workers on the ground for their tireless efforts. We are proud to be supporting their work in 
these difficult circumstances".

Commissioner Stylianides renewed his call to the fighting sides to refrain from targeting civilian areas and respect international humanitarian law. 

"Longer humanitarian pauses are essential so that the people in need can receive assistance for their survival," the Commissioner explained.

The recent five-day truce has given international aid agencies the opportunity to respond to the dramatic humanitarian situation in Yemen, but the country is running out of essential supplies and basic public services are at a breaking point.

Humanitarian aid allocated for Yemen by the Commission so far in 2015 amounts to 25 million euros. –end-

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