Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Yemen facing 'total collapse' as fighting continues, UN warns

The United Nation's top humanitarian co-ordinator has said Yemen is facing "total social, economic and institutional collapse."

Stephen O'Brien was speaking to the UN Security Council, telling members that "urgent action is required".

Yemen is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, with almost seven million people on the brink of famine.

An outbreak of cholera has also killed 500 people, and the UN expects 150,000 cases in the next six months.

Mr O'Brien said the suffering of Yemenis was not a coincidence, or the "result of forces beyond our control" - but rather the fault of those involved and inaction by world powers.
"The people of Yemen are being subjected to deprivation, disease and death as the world watches," he said.

"Crisis is not coming, it is not looming, it is here today - on our watch," he added.

He said that despite "generous pledges" only 24% of the $2.1 billion needed for humanitarian aid had been received.

For the past two years, the country has been embroiled in fighting between forces loyal to the internationally recognised president, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and Shia Houthi rebels.

BBC     News.