The humanitarian crises have been engulfing various parts of the world from South Sudan to Syria and from Afghanistan to the refugees from Myanmar. The UN response to it is a record breaking $22.5bn for the help to the victims of such conflicts.
According to the estimates of UN, over 135 million people across the world need aid. Yemen is the worst hit country in terms of the number of people affected by the humanitarian crisis. War has left more than 22 million people in need, with a severe food shortage and cholera crisis.
The UN appeal for 2018 estimates there are 22 million people in need in Yemen. UN humanitarian chief, Mark Lowock said, “The situation in Yemen is atrocious. The number of people in need out of a population of 28 million is approaching 20 million. Seven or eight million of those people are right on the verge of famine and starvation. We need to get the ports fully open so that the fuel to run the water systems can get in. The fuel to get the food around the country can get in.”
Yemen is just one of many simultaneous emergencies, making this a time of unprecedented need.
One of the authorities in New York City said, In its appeal for 2018, the UN says it believes there are almost 136 million people in need. The UN has come up with a plan to help almost 91 million people, which will cost $22.5bn. “But I have to say, they don’t really think they’re going to get all that money. You just have to look at this year – 2017 – their appeal was 52.5 percent funded.”
Apart from Yemen, in Nigeria, 14.5 million people, especially women, are in dire need of protection and aid as they continue to fight between the armed groups and the military.
In other parts of Africa, over 13 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, most of who have been fighting in civil wars and have been displaced, are in need of humanitarian help.
A humanitarian crisis of similar nature has developed in Syria who is caught up in the civil war for seven successive years. One third of UN funds have been requested to be earmarked for Syria for the victims to help overcome Syrian civil war.