The Isle of Man Government is donating £100,000 to help people in war-torn Yemen.
The chief executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) thanked the island for its ’extraordinary support’ towards the Yemen Crisis Appeal.
Saleh Saeed OBE said the money donated from the government’s emergency aid budget would help to save lives in Middle East country.
Mr Saeed said: ’I have just returned from Yemen, where I was able to see the work of the DEC member charities first-hand and meet some of the people benefitting from your support.
’I have never seen so many people facing such hardship. However, donations such as yours will make an extraordinary difference to children who face life-threatening disease and families who do not know where their next meal is coming from.’
He added: ’With your support, we’ll be able to provide more nutritious peanut paste to infants and toddlers, cash to parents who cannot afford the very basics and emergency treatment to those on the brink of starvation.’
The brutal civil war that has been raging in Yemen since 2015 has resulted in large-scale food and water shortages and rising levels of malnutrition among the Yemini people. The situation has now reached crisis point and the country is on the verge of famine.
Almost 19 million people, 70 per cent of the population, require humanitarian assistance, including 10 million people who are in acute need.
The DEC brings together the fundraising efforts of 13 major UK agencies who are reaching millions of people with life-saving aid such as food, water and sanitation, cash assistance and food vouchers.
Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK said: ’Our support will add to donations from other nations to provide desperately needed assistance to an area devastated by conflict, famine and water shortages. The Isle of Man is an internationally responsible country and the emergency funding we provide continues to make a genuine difference to the lives of thousands of vulnerable people around the world.’
Yemen, one of the Arab world’s poorest countries, has been devastated by a war between forces loyal to the internationally-recognised government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those allied to the Houthi rebel movement.
More than 6,800 people have been killed and 35,000 injured since March 2015, the majority in air strikes by a Saudi-led multinational coalition that backs the president.
The conflict and a blockade imposed by the coalition have also triggered a humanitarian disaster, leaving 80 per cent of the population in need of aid.