A look at the conflict in Yemen as donors pledge $1B in aid
A look at the conflict in Yemen as donors pledge $1B in aid.
SANAA, Yemen – For more than two years, Yemen has been in the grip of a conflict between a Saudi-led military coalition and Shiite rebels that has driven the Arab world’s poorest country to the brink of famine.
Doctors Without Borders, known by the French acronym MSF, says it has treated 66,000 people.
Here is a look at the crisis and the pledged response.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says around 17 million people in Yemen are food insecure, "making this the world’s largest hunger crisis."
The United Nations says some 18.8 million people — more than half of Yemen’s total population of 27 million — need humanitarian or protection assistance.
Nearly 14 million lack access to drinking water.
Of the 12 million children in the country, 80 percent suffer daily from acute humanitarian needs.
Fewer than 45 percent of health facilities are now fully functioning, and the flow of "essential medicines" has fallen by nearly 70 percent, it said.
The United States, which supports the Saudi-led coalition, said it was committing nearly $94 million in additional humanitarian assistance, bringing its total to $526 million since the 2016 fiscal year.