Yemen Humanitarian Update Covering 22 - 30 November 2018 | Issue 33
• The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, reiterates call for a cessation of hostilities in Yemen.
• The Yemen Humanitarian Fund allocates USD4 million to support 105,000 people displaced by conflict in Al Hudaydah with winterization assistance.
• Polio campaign targets 5.5 million children under age 5 across Yemen.
EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR, MARK LOWCOCK CONCLUDES HIS VISIT TO YEMEN
On 1 December, the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) Mark Lowcock concluded a three-day visit to Yemen during which he met with de facto government authorities in Sana’a and the internationally recognized government of Yemen in Aden. At the end of the visit the ERC warned that conditions had deteriorated alarmingly since his last visit in 2017, but noted that he was encouraged to hear strong support for relief operations by all political stakeholders.
Throughout his visit, Mr. Lowcock reiterated his call for a cessation of hostilities, particularly in and around infrastructure critical for aid operations and commercial imports. “It is unacceptable to see men with guns inside hospitals,” he said. “Conflict and fighters must stay away from civilian facilities.” Noting that humanitarian agencies still face too many obstacles in their work, the ERC urged the parties to facilitate humanitarian assistance and to protect the supply of food and other essential goods.
The ERC warned that deteriorating conditions in Yemen mean substantially more resources will be required for the aid effort next year. Mr. Lowcock reiterated that only a political solution can end the crisis in Yemen, “this war needs to end. Yemenis deserve a brighter future”.