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New UK aid for Yemen - Oxfam reaction

5th Sep 2012

Reacting to the Department for International Development (DFID) announcement that it will be allocating £196 million to Yemen over the next three years, Colette Fearon, Oxfam's Country Director in Yemen, said:

"Yemen is in the midst of a catastrophic hunger crisis with 10 million people - almost half the population - without enough food to eat.  This new money from the UK government will make a real difference to the lives of ordinary Yemenis, who have been forced to take desperate measures to survive as the price of food and water continues to rise.  Many families we have met have been selling off their possessions and livestock, resorted to begging, getting heavily into debt and pulling their children out of school to work.

"A swift and generous response is needed now to ensure lives and futures are not lost. The Government of Yemen has estimated that the current crisis has pushed back Yemen's development by a decade. We welcome the UK's leadership on this issue and urge more donors to step forward and help Yemen tackle its humanitarian crisis. All donors need to ensure that pledges of money get to the ground immediately."



1.      A video news release showing the impact of the crisis can be downloaded from this link


2.        Photos of the crisis are available at this link,


3. For more information and interviews contact Rebecca Wynn on + 44 (0) 7769 887139