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World Bank to grant $400m in aid to combat famine in Yemen

May 16, 2019 3:59 P.M. (Updated: May 19, 2019 2:03 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The World Bank announced a $400 million grant to address the risks of potential famine and malnutrition in Yemen, which have been dramatically increasing as a result of more than four years of conflict in the country.

The World Bank said in a statement on its website, that the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors agreed to grant Yemen $400 million to address high malnutrition rates and contribute to the maintenance of basic health services as well as water and sanitation services.

The statement explained that $200 million will be used to support the ongoing crisis response project in Yemen, to foster an enabling environment for economic opportunities in the medium term and to address the risks of potential famine and increasing malnutrition rates.

The remaining $200 million will support Yemen’s ongoing emergency health and nutrition project to help expand activities to meet short-term health needs, prevent chronic malnutrition and diseases, including cholera, maintain health systems, and staff capacity at the local level.

The statement added, “With these amounts, the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) has provided Yemen with a total of $1.7 billion in grants since 2016.”

Yemen has remained in a state of civil war since 2014 between two factions, the Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi led Yemeni government and the Houthi military forcest, along with their allies.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia along with its Arab allies launched massive military operations by using airstrikes to restore the former Yemini government.

The United Nations released statistics from March 2015 to December 2017, between 8,670–13,600 people were killed in Yemen, including more than 5,200 civilians, and more than 50,000 dead, as a result of an ongoing famine as a result of the ongoing civil war.

According to UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 30,000 children die of malnutrition each year in Yemen, while a child dies every 10 minutes from easily preventable diseases.

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