NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 9 – Following a dramatic briefing in the Security Council, UNFPA, the United Nations Populations Fund, expressed concern about the effects of the total closure of air, sea and land access to Yemen on the people in the country, particularly the 2.2 million women of childbearing age, among whom some 352,000 are pregnant. Our estimates show that some 52,800 pregnant women risk complications with immediate danger to their lives if they do not get urgent life-saving maternal care and medicines.
Yemen will be gripped by famine – one the likes of which the world has not seen in years – if the blockade on basic supplies into the country imposed by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition is not lifted immediately, the top United Nations humanitarian official has warned the Council in a meeting chaired by the Italian Ambassador Sebastiano cardi who holds the rotating presidency for the month of November..
“It will be the largest famine the world has seen for many decades,” Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, told the media late Wednesday, after briefing the Council. (@OnuItalia)