UN reports more than 10,500 displaced in Yemen in two months | News


The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) of the United Nations Organization in Yemen reported this Wednesday that as part of the violent escalation in that country, more than 10,500 people have been displaced in the last two months.


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These are the armed clashes in the governorates of Ma’rib and Shabwah, where the humanitarian situation has considerably weakened, and the OCHA warns of an acute crisis in terms of medical services, shortages of medicines, drinking water, food and electricity, detailed the entity in a statement.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), between December 2021 and January 2022 in Ma’rib some 8,214 people (1,369 families) were forcibly displaced; and it is estimated that if the fighting continues to intensify, another 4,600 families will also be unemployed.

Meanwhile, in Shabwah, hostilities have increased in the districts of Ayn, Bayhan and Osaylan, causing the displacement of more than 2,280 people (about 380 families) in the last week of December alone; in addition to suffering damage or being totally destroyed hospitals, schools, bridges and roads.

This climate of violence considerably affects the civilian population, mainly women, children, people with disabilities, marginalized people, and others who make up the most vulnerable groups; those who suffer the consequences of hostilities most severely.

Add to that the fact that funding shortages could disrupt humanitarian assistance and add millions more people at risk; especially when currently almost two thirds of the main UN aid programs are reduced or closed for this reason.

In this sense OCHA that by the month of March 11 million Yemenis will depend on reduced food rations; and another 4.6 million could be affected by the interruption of water and sanitation services in 15 major cities in the country.

A situation to which it should be added that more than a million women and girls would be deprived in the near future of access to reproductive health services and gender violence.

In order to alleviate the complex scenario in that African country, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, released 20 million dollars from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to respond with humanitarian aid to displaced people in Ma ‘rib and Shabwah, territories where the conflict has worsened.

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