By Jackson Richman
The United States pledged on Tuesday an additional $87 million in humanitarian aid toward Yemen, which is facing the world’s worst cholera outbreak and largest food-security emergency amid a three-year war, according to the United States Agency for International Development.
The funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the war-torn country to over $854 million since 2017. Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates, has bombed and killed Yemen’s Iran-allied Houthi rebels in addition to thousands of civilians. The Saudi campaign consisted of an almost-monthlong crippling blockade late last year which hindered aid delivery.
More than 22 million people in Yemen are in need of aid. This new funding will provide protection, food assistance, safe drinking water, emergency shelter, medical supplies, treatment for malnourished children, and other critical support for millions of vulnerable Yemenis and refugees who are living in Yemen.
USAID has called for the safe delivery of assistance to the Mideast country. “To deliver this assistance to people in need, relief supplies and aid workers must be able to move freely through all entry points, and throughout the country,” the agency said in a statement. “In addition, commercial imports, which account for most of Yemen’s food, fuel, and medicine, must have the same freedom of movement.”
Additionally, USAID announced that because humanitarian support will not prevent Yemen’s economic and social downfall, the U.S. is in the process of providing $55 million in economic and development aid, pending Congressional approval. That funding would go toward fixing infrastructure, education, and other programs.
USAID also thanked Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which gave $930 million to a $3 billion-United Nations humanitarian appeal for Yemen.
“While these contributions will provide some immediate relief, no amount of humanitarian or development assistance will end this conflict and the suffering of millions,” the agency acknowledged. “An enduring solution will only come through a comprehensive political agreement.”