UN hosts aid-pledging conference for beleaguered Yemen

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, confirmed the European Union commitment to supporting resilience of individuals and societies in very poor, fragile and conflict affected countries like Yemen: "It is important to help the vulnerable population in Yemen to better withstand the continuing hardship and to enable early recovery from the crisis".

During 2015 and 2016, ECHO has allocated €120 million for to the Yemen crisis.

Guterres said the humanitarian appeal for 2017 was 2.1 billion US dollars, of which only 15 percent has been met until now. They sought to highlight the magnitude of the catastrophe.

The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) characterizes the situation in Yemen as "the largest humanitarian crisis in the world" with 18.8 million people in need of humanitarian or defense assistance, including 10.3 million who require immediate aid to save or sustain their lives.

"We are witnessing the starving and the crippling of an entire generation", he added.

On average, one child under the age of five dies every 10 minutes of preventable causes in Yemen, the poorest country on the Arabian peninsula.

Mr O'Brien was speaking ahead of a major conference today where the United Nations is seeking $2.1 billion for Yemen this year.

Ongoing violence has created a food crisis in Yemen, leaving almost 7 million people, including, 2.2 million children, malnourished, the UN's United Nations Children's Fund said in a statement on Monday.

United Nations officials have warned of the prospect of a total collapse of Yemen's agricultural sector and health system, compounded by poverty, environmental decline, and violations of human rights amid the conflict.

"War has devastated the economy, destroyed health services, and forced three million people from their homes - leaving many unable to earn a living or grow crops".

She said: "People are really struggling to find primary needs such as food, shelter and water".

'Conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer are killing more people than bullets and bombs, ' WHO Director General Margaret Chan said.

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