United Nations, November 20th According to the United Nations website, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres warned in a statement issued on the 20th that Yemen is in danger of the world’s worst famine in decades. He called on the international community to take urgent action to avoid disaster.
Guterres stressed that after more than five years of civil war, if Yemen does not take immediate action to protect hard-hit and hungry civilians, millions of people may die.
The United Nations has recently released $100 million in emergency funds from its Central Emergency Response Fund to avoid the growing threat of famine in seven countries, including Yemen, which are considered to be the most at risk of famine. Earlier this month, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Locock said that all parties to the conflict should do everything possible to prevent the occurrence of mass starvation.
“The dramatic reduction in funding for United Nations-coordinated relief operations in 2020, the impact of ongoing conflict, a range of factors such as the parties, obstacles to humanitarian agency relief efforts, as well as locusts and floods, are making the famine problem worse,” Guterres said in a statement.
Guterres urged all influential parties to take urgent action on these issues in order to avoid the occurrence of disasters, and asked all parties concerned to refrain from any action that could further aggravate the already serious situation.
If this is not done, Guterres points out that people will face a tragedy that will not only cause direct loss of life, but also its consequences will affect the future indefinitely.