Canada supporting humanitarian efforts in Yemen to help those suffering from ongoing conflict
April 10, 2015 - Ottawa, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced additional humanitarian assistance funding to help meet the immediate needs of millions of conflict-affected people in Yemen.
“Canada is concerned by the intensified fighting and violence in Yemen that has led to the increased suffering and displacement of a population that was already in dire need of humanitarian assistance,” said Minister Paradis. “Canada is helping ensure life-saving assistance, such as food, water, shelter and access to health services, is provided as soon as possible to the people affected by this conflict. We will continue to stand by the people of Yemen during this difficult time.”
The current crisis is exacerbating years of under-development and poverty in Yemen, the poorest country in the Arabian Peninsula. Endemic food insecurity, lack of basic services, destruction of livelihoods and conflict-induced displacement have caused a humanitarian emergency affecting 15.9 million people—61 percent of the population. The conflict is also presenting a significant challenge for humanitarian organizations to access those who desperately need aid.
“Canada calls on all those engaged in the armed conflict to respect international humanitarian law and allow humanitarian organizations to have full, safe and unhindered access to people in need in Yemen,” said Minister Paradis.
Canada is closely monitoring the situation in Yemen and is prepared to respond, as appropriate, with further assistance to those in need.
Prior to the recent escalation of violence in Yemen:
Half of the population in Yemen did not have access to adequate water or sanitation facilities, and 8.6 million people had insufficient access to health services.
Some 10.6 million people were food insecure, and 1 million children under the age of five suffered from acute malnutrition.
In 2014, Canada contributed $12.65 million in humanitarian assistance funding in Yemen through various experienced humanitarian organizations.
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