UN must cut aid to Yemen in half

Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world. But the United Nations must reduce aid. There is not enough money.

War, destruction, hunger: But the aid funds are drying up.

TDespite the dramatic humanitarian situation in Yemen, the United Nations World Food Program WFP has to drastically cut its aid to the civil war country due to a lack of funds. A WFP spokeswoman said on Sunday that the operation in Yemen is suffering from a critical funding gap, and there is no other choice than to cut the aid by half. From mid-April onwards, needy families received support every two months instead of monthly.

In the desperately poor country in the south of the Arabian Peninsula, a civil war has been raging between the Houthi rebels and the internationally recognized government for more than five years. The conflict has sparked a humanitarian emergency in Yemen. According to the UN, 24 million people – around 80 percent of the population – are dependent on help. Many of them are starving. The United Nations speaks of the greatest humanitarian crisis of modern times.

In the past week, the country had also reported its first corona case. Because of the humanitarian situation, observers fear a particularly high number of victims should the virus continue to spread there. An alliance led by Saudi Arabia is supporting the government in the conflict. The military coalition surprisingly declared a two-week ceasefire on Wednesday. The UN Security Council called on the Houthis to make similar commitments. However, both sides accuse each other of violating the ceasefire.