Feb 24, 2019, 4:55 PM
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UN urges more aid to Yemeni people

Tehran, Feb 23, IRNA - A United Nations senior official called on all organizations and countries to increase their efforts to prevent the catastrophe that is looming in Yemen and the hunger that is threatening more than 20 million people.

Mark Lowcock, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, who last visited Yemen in late November 2018 expressed concern over the grave conditions of civilians in the war-stricken country.

In a statement released on Sunday, he warned against the rise of malnutrition as well as the unaffordable cost of milk, food and medicine in Yemen.

Millions of Yemeni people are facing a catastrophic situation, he said, adding that 85,000 children have succumbed to death due to starvation.

'Out of a total of 20 million people who need help securing food, nearly 10 million are just a step away from famine. This includes almost 240,000 people who are facing catastrophic levels of hunger and barely surviving. Only half of the health facilities in the country are fully functioning,' he said.

Acknowledging the significant contribution of some 254 international and national partners to saving the lives of Yemeni people, he said that 'much more needs to be done'.

'That’s why on 26 February, the United Nations will convene a high-level pledging conference in Geneva, co-hosted by the Governments of Sweden and Switzerland,' Lowcock said adding that over 4 billion dollars are needed to help Yemenis in 2019.

'I have every hope that our collective action in Geneva will save more lives and bolster the political process towards a peaceful solution,' he said.

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