United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has said that the outcome of the humanitarian pledging conference for Yemen is “disappointing.”
Pledges announced a total of about 1.7 billion US dollars, which is not only around 1 billion dollars less than last year’s pledge, but also is far less than the 3.85 billion US dollars deemed necessary by the UN.
“Millions of Yemeni children, women and men desperately need aid to live. Cutting aid is a death sentence,” Guterres said. “The best that can be said about today is that it represents a down payment. I thank those who did pledge generously, and I ask others to consider again what they can do to help stave off the worst famine the world has seen in decades.”
At the pledging conference, Guterres asked for 3.85 billion dollars for humanitarian operations in Yemen for 2021.
Yemeni activists have launched a verbal attack on the United Nations, and demanded that the fate of other funds raised in the name of Yemen be revealed.