Yemen Donors’ pledging conference "failing" to keep up with growing needs - Oxfam reaction

Published: 3rd June 2020

Reacting to the outcome of the pledging conference for Yemen, Jose Maria Vera, Oxfam International’s Executive Director, said:

“Donors’ pledges to Yemen are failing to keep up with the growing need in the country. Already the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis after more than five years of conflict, Yemen is now facing an outbreak of coronavirus while barely half of the health facilities are fully functioning. The voices of those Yemeni organizations on the front line of this crisis were notably excluded from this conference.

“The funds that have been pledged need to be made available immediately to provide life-saving aid to the millions of people who have had to flee their homes, struggle with disease or face hunger.

“The only lasting solution for Yemen is a ceasefire. The international community needs to halt all arms transfers to Saudi Arabia and other warring parties and do everything possible to pressure all sides to agree to a ceasefire and return to meaningful negotiations.”

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Oxfam International’s Executive Director, Jose Maria Vera, addressed the virtual pledging conference on behalf of international NGOs working in Yemen on Tuesday 2 June.

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