22.04.2015 / For immediate release
A UK-based charity has launched an emergency appeal today to rescue hundreds of Yemeni families who've been displaced by the ongoing crisis in Yemen.
Human Appeal, who’ve been established for almost 25 years, have finally gained access to the country after weeks of logistical efforts and negotiations. They now make one of very few charities who’ve been able to enter the country since the conflict intensified in March between the rebels and pro-government forces.
The team in Yemen will be providing food items such as: wheat bags, flower bags, rice, sugar, powdered milk, dates, cooking oil and more, as well as mattresses, blankets, clothes and utensils.
Othman Moqbel, Chief Executive, Human Appeal, said: “The current situation in Yemen is disastrous and we’ve been working for weeks to enter the country. Our teams are now ready to deliver emergency aid. But we need support from the wider community to fund our efforts and increase the amount of aid we can deliver.”
As a result of the current humanitarian crisis, the latest figures show that more than 60% of the population is already reliant on aid with citizens unable to produce or purchase food. There are high levels of malnutrition among children and limited access to safe drinking water. The current conflict and escalation in violence will result in further food and fuel shortages and hasten Yemen’s descent into a worsening humanitarian crisis.
Over the last four years Human Appeal has developed quick response teams to provide specially designed shelters, food and water facilities to thousands of displaced families in Syria, making it one of the largest charities working in the country.
Human Appeal is now on the ground co-ordinating relief efforts to reach those most in need in Yemen, and plans to employ similar skills it has developed in Syria and elsewhere.
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