Press release –YEMEN CRISIS
Brussels, 8 July 2020
The EU and Sweden have engaged efforts to promote unhindered access for the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Yemen, on behalf of the humanitarian donor community. This is based on the agreement reached between donors during the Humanitarian Senior Officials meeting (SOM) on Yemen of February 2020 which was co-chaired by the EU and Sweden.
As the humanitarian situation in Yemen faces a new extremely serious threat with the rapid spreading of Covid-19, it is all the more important that humanitarian assistance can reach those most in need. The cooperation of all parties with the United Nations and other humanitarian actors is more essential than ever. The EU and the wider donor community are therefore in contact with all parties to the Yemeni conflict to remove the numerous obstacles that stand in the way of a principled and accountable delivery of assistance.
Within this framework, constructive discussions took place between the EU, Sweden and Mohammed al-Hadrami (the Government of Yemen) on 13 July, the leaders of the Arab Coalition, and on 8 July with Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a senior representative of Ansar Allah in Sana’a, to further improve the operational environment and facilitate humanitarian access.
Since the beginning of the conflict in 2015, the European Union has allocated €822 million to respond to the crisis, including €484 million in humanitarian aid and €318 million in development assistance.
This has made it possible to deliver vital assistance including food, healthcare, education as well as water, shelter and hygiene kits. Even before the coronavirus outbreak, preparedness and response to epidemics was already a key focus of the EU’s strategy for Yemen. To address the cholera epidemic, the EU funds treatment centres and prevention activities. It also supports the emergency outbreak response in areas affected by measles and diphtheria.
Despite access constraints and security challenges, the EU’s humanitarian partners continue to help populations in active war fronts in the north and south. Special attention is paid to those who have suffered bodily harm and psychological shock. Comprehensive rehabilitation services are provided to the injured and disabled people among the internally displaced population.
The EU supports the United Nations Humanitarian Air Services (UNHAS), which provide reliable air and sea transportation to humanitarian aid workers.