UN seeks $447 m. for Yemen, Gulf Arabs urged to help more

December 18, 2011 18:01


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DUBAI - The United Nations appealed on Sunday for nearly $450 million in humanitarian aid for conflict-torn Yemen to save it from becoming what one UN official called "another Somalia."

Yemen will need substantial humanitarian assistance over the next three to five years, especially for food, health care, sanitation and clean water, UN agencies and other relief groups working in Yemen said at a conference in Dubai.

"The Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan 2012 is seeking $447 million. This represents an increase of 95 percent compared to one year ago," they said, adding the money would be targeted to help around 4 million vulnerable people.

Almost a year of protests against outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh has brought Yemen's economy close to collapse, worsening already dire living conditions for many people who face acute shortages of fuel, food, water and electricity.

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