ROME, FEBRUARY 23 – As a gesture of solidarity towards the people of Yemen, “innocent victim of a two-year civil conflict”, Italy has approved a contribution off almost a million Euros to multilateral agencies operating in the country. The money will be used by IOM and by the Un Population Fund (UNFPA) for humanitarian initiatives in the field of education and of assistance and prevention of gender violence, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Angelino Alfano announced in Rome.
According to UNICEF the situation in Yemen is worsening by the day. While nearly half a million children in Yemen are dangerously malnourished and at risk of death, a number that marks 200 percent increase from 2014, before conflict erupted.
The largest portion of the contribution (642.000 Euros) will be used by IOM to restore schools and classroom currently used to host displaced persons and to support teachers and students with educational material. UNFPA will receive 350, 000 Euros to put in place initiatives in favor of the reproductive health of teen agers and to offer support to the victims of sexual and gender violence.
Over 18 million people over a total population of 27 million in Yemen feel the effects of the conflict. Earlier this month, several U.N. agencies jointly released the preliminary results of a Yemen Emergency Food Security and Nutrition Assessment finding that some 7.3 million Yemenis require emergency food assistance. Another 17 million are food insecure — or roughly two-thirds of the entire population.
The study paints a grim picture of how families are coping with shortages. Yemen’s economy has been decimated by conflict and some 50 percent of surveyed families are now buying what food they can on credit. Sixty percent of households are employing “negative coping measures” — a technical term that essentially means they are going hungry. (@OnuItalia)