Lack of funds may force UN food aid cuts

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A se­nior of­fi­cial says the UN will be forced to scale back al­ready lim­ited food dis­tri­bu­tion in Ye­men by Au­gust be­cause of se­vere fund­ing short­ages. Ge­orge Khoury, head of the UN Of­fice for the Co­or­di­na­tion of Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs in Ye­men, says about 14 mil­lion peo­ple, or about half the pop­u­la­tion, suf­fer from food in­se­cu­rity at “cri­sis” or “emer­gency” lev­els. The lat­ter is just a step be­fore famine on the food in­se­cu­rity scale. The World Food Pro­gramme cur­rently reaches about 3.5 mil­lion peo­ple in Ye­men ev­ery month. Khoury said that with­out more fund­ing, “we don’t have enough money to feed even th­ese peo­ple”. UN aid agencies re­quested $1.8 bil­lion for Ye­men in 2016. Khoury says only about 20 per cent of that money has ar­rived.

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