The United Nations warned that 22 “life-saving” aid programs will be forced to close in Yemen in the next two months because money pledged by Member States to pay for them has failed to materialize.
The United Nations describes the situation in Yemen – where the four-year-long war has killed tens of thousands of people and left millions on the brink of famine – as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
At a pledging event for Yemen held in February, the UN and humanitarian partners were promised $2.6 billion to meet the urgent needs of more than 20 million Yemenis. To date, less than half of this amount has been received.
The UN said that of 34 key aid programs only three were funded for the year and 22 “life-saving” programs will need to close in the next two months.
“We are desperate for the funds that were promised. When money doesn’t come, people die,” Grande said in a statement. “All of us are ashamed by the situation”, said Ms. Grande. “It’s heart-breaking to look a family in the eye and say we have no money to help.”