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United Arab Emirates announced 17 million Yemenis humanitarian aid for Yemen

Abu Dhabi: monitoring Desk

UAE assistance to Yemen has amounted to $4.91 billion and has reached over 17 million Yemenis.

Extending to all governorates within Yemen, UAE humanitarian aid efforts have a single objective; to restore the country to its full potential.

Since April 2015, the UAE has worked on food aid programmes, the building and refurbishment of schools, restoring hospitals and supporting Yemen’s health care sector, rehabilitating utility facilities, including power plants, redeveloping the roads infrastructure, and providing local police with training. In these three and a half years, UAE assistance to Yemen has amounted to $4.91 billion, reaching over 17 million Yemenis, including 11 million children and 3.2 million women.

In 2017, funds were also provided to the United Nations and other international organisations such as the World Health Organisation, the World Food Programme, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The vast majority of aid distributed through the UN plan has been directed to northern governorates such as Sana’a, Taiz, Hodeida and other northern provinces, in accordance with the policies and priorities of these organisations.

Assistance to Yemen amounted to $2.13 billion in 2018 alone, from which $500 million was allocated to support the UN Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen, marking the UAE the second largest donor, following Saudi Arabia. This year, the UAE has also ranked first in the world in terms of emergency humanitarian direct assistance to the Yemeni people.

Infrastructure Development Rehabilitating the country’s basic infrastructure such as airports in Aden, Al Rayyan and Socotra, as well as seaports in Aden, Mukalla and Socotra, has been a priority in the UAE’s aid policy to Yemen. The aid has also been used for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of 230 schools and the rebuilding and maintenance of 55 hospitals and medical centres.

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