SANAA: UN humanitarian aid chief Stephen O’Brien warned on Monday in Yemen that the war-torn and impoverished country faces “serious risk of famine” unless international donors step up their response.

The under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, speaking in the southern city of Aden where he met President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, also urged both sides in Yemen’s two-year-old war to grant humanitarian access to the conflict zones.

“We now face a serious risk of famine if the international community doesn’t step up with funding and respond and the parties in the conflict continue to restrict humanitarian access,” said O’Brien.

He said that 19 million of Yemen’s 26-million population now needed humanitarian aid, and “seven million Yemenis don’t know where their next meal is coming from”.

Published in Dawn, February 28th, 2017

Opinion

Editorial

An inexplicable delay
03 Oct, 2022

An inexplicable delay

AFTER a flurry of activity a couple of months ago, geared towards filling the vacancies in the apex court — an...
Dire situation
Updated 03 Oct, 2022

Dire situation

If there is any time for the civilian leadership to show unity, it is now.
Russian annexation
03 Oct, 2022

Russian annexation

AS Russia and the West play a zero-sum game in Ukraine, Moscow’s official annexation of four Ukrainian regions it...
Spy games
Updated 02 Oct, 2022

Spy games

The audios leaked so far appear to have been carefully curated: they apply pressure but do not do major damage.
‘Geopolitical football’
02 Oct, 2022

‘Geopolitical football’

THE US-China rivalry is by all measures one of the globe’s most dangerous competitions for power and influence. ...
Fuel price reduction
02 Oct, 2022

Fuel price reduction

ISHAQ Dar is back; so are his signature policies. The reduction of a little over 5pc in fuel prices announced by him...