Lack of funds may force UN food aid cuts
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.