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Action Against Hunger calls on urgent ceasefire and access to vital aid as fuel shortages threaten aid programmes
LONDON, 5 May 2015 // Action Against Hunger’s Yemen country director says his teams have just a week’s supply of fuel left.
As fighting continues, access for aid workers is increasingly restricted and food, water and medical supplies in desperately short supply.
The situation has meant we’ve already had to reduce our activities in the country. While we are currently providing life-saving treatment to 1,630 severely malnourished children in 60 different nutrition centres in the north of the country, without an urgent resupply of fuel we will no longer be able to get vital aid to those centres.
“The lack of fuel has had a direct impact on our programmes and limits the movement and activity of our teams,” said Hajir Maalim, our Yemen country director. “It’s also had an impact on the supply of food, drinking water and electricity to an already vulnerable population.
“The ongoing fighting in Aden, from where we coordinated the delivery of humanitarian aid for those in need, is preventing us from accessing our relief supplies in the area, including ready-to-use therapeutic foods we urgently need to treat malnourished children and water and sanitation equipment. The situation is really serious.”
All efforts must be urgently taken to ensure that humanitarian organisations like Action Against Hunger can deliver urgently needed humanitarian aid. Civilians and civilian infrastructure must be protected and spared from the ongoing violence.
Yemen has been caught in a protracted crisis that has received scant attention in past years. Today the recent escalation of conflict in what is one of the world’s most forgotten crises is exacerbating the already bleak humanitarian situation.
Yemen relies heavily on imports for food and fuel. before the escalation of violence, more than 60 per cent of the population – Including approximately 250,000 refugees – were already reliant on aid, and nearly a million children under five were suffering from acute malnutrition.
Action Against Hunger renews its urgent appeal to all parties to the conflict in Yemen to respect international humanitarian and human rights laws. All efforts must be taken to ensure that civilians and civilian infrastructure are protected and spared from the ongoing violence.
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