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Doha calls for end to ‘humanitarian tragedy’ in Yemen

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Doha joins the EU in a high-level UN side event on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, urging for and end to the conflict.

Qatar has called for an end to the Yemen conflict on Wednesday, during a virtual high-level event to address the dire humanitarian situation in the war-torn country.

The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), which participated in ‘The Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen: Averting an Outbreak of Famine’ event, highlighted the urgent need for a resolution in the country, where more than 100,000 people have been killed.

“We stress the importance of seeking to put an end to this humanitarian tragedy, where the only way to resolve the crisis is through adherence to relevant Security Council resolutions in connection with Yemen,” Khalifa Al-Kuwari, QFFD’s director-general said.

Wednesday’s virtual event was hosted by the European Commission and the Swedish government on the sidelines of the 75th United Nations General Assembly.

It focused on the difficulty of the humanitarian response process in the war-torn country which has in turn caused an obstacle to the arrival of aid. The event also shed light on the urgency and cruciality of humanitarian interventions in efforts of supporting the people of Yemen.

UN representatives and agencies, the Red Cross, Red Crescent Movement and other non-governmental organisations attended the online event.

Kuwari affirmed Qatar’s continued efforts “to support UN agencies to ensure that urgent, effective and life-saving assistance is provided to meet the urgent humanitarian needs in Yemen”.

He also highlighted the current cooperation between QFFD and its strategic partners to address the humanitarian and developmental hurdles in the country.

Read also: Qatar sends $2m to UN programme in war-torn Yemen

“Through the support of UNICEF, WFP, UNHCR and others and in co-operation with Qatar-based NGOs, programmes addressing food insecurity, mortality, morbidity and ‘WASH’ continue to be implemented,” he said.

Al-Kuwari also called for the removal of the restrictions limiting access to humanitarian aid in Yemen, saying that aid is a lifeline for millions and its delivery is crucial.

“We renew our appreciation to all states and actors that work tirelessly to extend a helping hand to Yemenis in their plight,” said Al-Kuwari.

QFFD previously paid a $70 million disbursement to UNICEF to fund 53 water projects, sanitation and institutional capacity buildings in Yemen. 

Moreover, the donation aimed to benefit 8.5 million people, including 4.25 million children. QFFD and Qatar Charity also partnered with the World Food Programme to provide emergency food assistance and secure minimum nutritional requirements in Yemen’s urban and semi-urban areas. 

Additionally, QFFD collaborated with Qatar Red Crescent Society and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to provide comprehensive health services, enabling medical centres to provide emergency services. 

The project will soon be launched and is set to support more than 700,000 Yemenis.

According to UN figures, at least 1.8 million children suffer from acute malnutrition and 400,000 others suffer from severe acute malnutrition on a daily basis in Yemen.

The United Nations has described Yemen as the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis” with at least 80 percent of the population in need of urgent assistance.


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