توزيع المساعدات الإنسانية مستمر في جميع أنحاء اليمن حيث تسمح الظروف

WFP_Aden_201531 يوليو 2015 – إذاعة الأمم المتحدة

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أفاد المتحدث باسم الأمم المتحدة ستيفان دوجاريك بأن المفوضية السامية لشؤون اللاجئين وجمعية التضامن الإنساني، توزعان اللوازم المنزلية الأساسية للأسر المتواجدة في المدارس في حي المنصورة بمدينة عدن اليمنية.

وفي المؤتمر  الصحفي اليومي أوضح دوجاريك أن تلك العمليات جارية في جميع أنحاء اليمن حيث تسمح الظروف:

“تم إرسال الأدوية والمستلزمات الطبية إلى جميع أقسام عدن الثمانية، حيث يتواجد أربعة وعشرون مرفقا صحيا وأربع فرق طبية متنقلة تستخدم الآن تلك المستلزمات الطبية والأدوية”.

وقدمت ثلاث فرق متنقلة تغطي على الأقل 300 شخصا نزحوا داخليا وأفراد المجتمع المضيف، مجموعات الخدمات الأساسية للنساء والأطفال في إقليم المنصورية  والحديدة.

Goal 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

By Biliana Cicin-Sain

Biliana Cicin-Sain is President of the Global Ocean Forum, Professor and Director of Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, University of Delaware, United States of America.

 Oceans are the point at which planet, people, and prosperity come together. And that is what sustainable development is about. It is about all of us as shareholders of Earth, incorporated, acknowledging and acting on our responsibility to the planet, to the people, and to its bloodstream, the oceans.

Elizabeth Thompson, Co-Executive Coordinator for the Rio+20 Conference, at Oceans Day at Rio+20, 16 June 2012

As the General Assembly of the United Nations considers the recommendations of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is essential that SDG 14 on oceans, seas and marine resources retains a central place in the post-2015 development agenda.

The Centrality of Oceans for All Three Pillars of Sustainable Development

The oceans are the most prominent feature on the planet, covering nearly three quarters of the Earth, and are essential for planetary survival. Just as a person cannot live without a healthy heart and lungs, the Earth cannot survive without healthy oceans and seas. They serve as the Earth’s respiratory system, producing oxygen for life and absorbing carbon dioxide and waste. The oceans provide storage and absorb 30 per cent of the world’s carbon dioxide, while marine phytoplankton generates 50 per cent of the oxygen needed for survival. The oceans regulate the climate and temperature, making the planet hospitable to diverse forms of life.

The oceans and seas are essential for national and global economic well-being. The global ocean economic activity is estimated to be between US $3 trillion to US $6 trillion, contributing to the world economy in many important ways, such as:

  • 90 per cent of global trade moves by marine transport.
  • Submarine cables carry 95 per cent of all global telecommunications.
  • Fisheries and aquaculture supply 4.3 billion people with more than 15 per cent of annual consumption of animal protein.
  • Over 30 per cent of global oil and gas produced is extracted offshore.
  • Coastal tourism is the largest market segment in the world economy, comprising 5 per cent of the global gross domestic product (GDP) and 6 to 7 per cent of global employment.
  • Expanding knowledge on marine biodiversity has provided breakthrough advances in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, food production, and aquaculture.
  • 13 of the world’s 20 megacities are coastal.
  • Tides, waves, currents, and offshore wind are emerging sources of energy that have significant potential to contribute to low-carbon energy in many coastal countries.

The oceans and seas are essential for social well-being. Over 40 per cent, or 3.1 billion, of the world’s population lives within 100 kilometres of the ocean or sea in about 150 coastal and island nations. Regardless of whether a country is landlocked, or has a coastline, all nations are directly connected to the oceans and seas through rivers, lakes and streams. Nations have placed significant importance on the benefits that are provided by the oceans and seas, comprising over 60 per cent of the global gross national product (GNP). In particular, coastal economic activity is the lifeblood of coastal and island nations.

Through activities such as sustainable fishing, renewable energy production, ecotourism, and “green” shipping, nations have been able to increase the rates of employment and good sanitation while decreasing poverty, malnutrition and pollution. Ocean-based economies provide more opportunities for the empowerment and employment of women, who make up the majority of the secondary activities workforce in marine fisheries and aquaculture. The results of increased female employment include the strengthening of the economic vitality of small and isolated communities and the enhancement of the status of women in developing countries.

At the same time, coastal and island populations are some of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts. Oceans, seas and coastal areas experience an increased frequency and intensity of climate extremes, including stronger hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones. They are also subject to ocean acidification, sea level rise and fluctuations in ocean circulation and salinity. These changes will be felt not only along coastlines, but inland as well due to the widespread influence of ocean currents on weather systems. By 2050, it is estimated that 50 million to 200 million people worldwide will be displaced due to the negative impacts of climate change, threatening food security, livelihoods and social stability not only in coastal and island nations, but in all countries that will be assisting displaced populations. Mitigation and adaptation must be further enhanced to provide increased support for emergency preparedness and disaster response, as well as early warning systems, observations, and coastal planning and management.

Oceans and Seas in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Oceans and seas were centrally emphasized in the Rio+20 outcome document, “The future we want”. However, since oceans and seas had hardly figured in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), when the work of the OWG began in 2013, there was a need for extensive mobilization of Member States and civil society to articulate the centrality of oceans for sustainable development. Some viewed oceans and seas as mainly an environmental issue, not fully aware of their economic and social importance. Starting in summer 2013, a strong push by Member States, led by the Pacific Small Island Developing States and Timor-Leste, and supported by civil society, including the Global Ocean Forum, articulated the need for an oceans goal for planetary survival and for global and national economic and social well-being. The many opportunities for civil society input afforded by the co-chairs of the OWG of the United Nations, who ran a truly “open process”, contributed to the adoption of SDG 14, which came to be supported by a very large number and range of nations—developing and developed, coastal and inland, small islands and continental nations.

The package of ocean and seas issues reflected in SDG 14, “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”, with its seven targets and three provisions on means of implementation is a very important one. The goal itself, its targets and means of implementation reinforce and give renewed focus and urgency to existing international prescriptions on oceans and seas emanating from the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which came into force in 1994.

Especially noteworthy is target 14.7 which urges “By 2030 increase the economic benefits to small island developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs) from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism”. This emphasis on enhanced benefits to SIDS and LDCs is long-overdue and will cause a profound shift in consideration of ocean management decisions to highlight their economic and social impacts.

While there could be minor “wordsmithing” to improve some of the provisions of SDG 14, in my view, the package is quite good and could be adopted, largely as is, by the General Assembly of the United Nations. An important addition, if appropriate, would be a provision to strengthen ocean governance, e.g., reinforce ocean and coastal decision-making processes, including through the enactment of ocean and coastal laws and through capacity development.

Several other SDGs, as well, are related to and can be used to help achieve SDG 14 on oceans and seas, including proposed SDG 1 (on poverty), SDG 2 (on food security), SDG 6 (on water and sanitation), SDG 7 (on energy), SDG 8 (on economic growth), SDG 9 (on infrastructure), SDG 10 (on reduction of inequality), SDG 11 (on cities and human settlements), SDG 12 (on sustainable consumption and production), SDG 13 (on climate change), SDG 15 (on biodiversity), and SDG 17 (on means of implementation and partnerships). This is exactly as it was intended in the OWG proposal, as noted in the introduction to the document: “These goals constitute an integrated, indivisible set of global priorities for sustainable development … The goals and targets integrate economic, social, and environmental aspects and recognize their interlinkages in achieving sustainable development in all of its dimensions”.1

Intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will continue until August 2015, when revisions and changes to the package could take place. The adoption of the set of global goals, targets and means of implementation, that will profoundly influence the future course of all matters related to sustainable development, will take place at the United Nations Summit dedicated to the post-2015 development agenda in September 2015. It is, therefore, important for Member States and civil society to continue to articulate their support for the SDGs, especially for SDG 14 on oceans and seas, and to begin planning for their implementation.

With thanks to Miriam Balgos, Alexis Martin and Erica Wales.

Notes

  • United Nations, Report of the Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals, 12 August 2014 (A/68/970).

First published in the UN Chronicle, Department of Public Information, United Nations.

 

World Food Programme Begins Distributions In War-Torn Districts Of Aden

30 July 2015 – CAIRO
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributions of food to around 340,000 people in eight of the worst-affected areas of the southern Yemeni port city of Aden.

WFP partners are distributing two-month food rations in Crater, Dar Saad, Tawwahi, Khor Maksar, Muala, Mansoura, Buraiqah and Sheikh Othman districts – all areas but one (Mansoura) had not been reached since April because of conflict. The food includes wheat flour, pulses and cooking oil.

“We are challenging the odds to reach tens of thousands of people who would go hungry without food assistance,” said Muhannad Hadi, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. “We are working to overcome insecurity, checkpoints and many other hurdles in Yemen to reach desperate families unable to feed their children.”

  • Three WFP-chartered ships delivered food assistance to the port of Aden last week. MV Han Zhi, MV Amsterdam and the smaller Sikka Star dhow docked in Aden’s oil port of Al-Buraiqa carrying a total of 6,800 metric tons of food – enough to provide emergency assistance for some 400,000 people for a month.
  • Since April, WFP has reached some 2.6 million conflict-affected and severely food-insecure people in 13 of Yemen’s governorates: Abyan, Aden, Dhale, Al Mahwit, Amran, Dhamar, Hajjah, Hodeidah, Lahj, Sana’a, Saada, Shabwa and Taiz.
  • On 22 July, the WFP-chartered MV Copenhagen docked in Aden with half a million litres of fuel – the first fuel vessel to reach the port since the beginning of the conflict in late March. WFP requires 1 million litres of fuel each month for its operations in Yemen.
  • Even before the war broke out, Yemen imported almost 90 percent of its basic food from abroad. The impact of traders being unable to import enough food and safely move it inside the country has led to a severe spike in prices, which is increasing the suffering of the poorest and most vulnerable.
  • Many road networks in and around Aden are currently now either inaccessible or very difficult to reach due to infrastructure damage and fighting. Aden airport is also still not open to commercial and humanitarian flights.
  • In July so far, almost 700,000 people are confirmed to have received WFP emergency food assistance – in Aden, Taizz, Amran, Sa’ada, and Lahj.

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برنامج الأغذية يبدأ بتوزيع المواد الغذائية في مدينة عدن اليمنية

WFP_Aden_2015

30/7/2015

— حصل حوالي 340 ألف شخص في ثماني من المناطق الأكثر تضررا من المدينة الساحلية الجنوبية، عدن، على مواد غذائية من برنامج الأغذية العالمي.

وفي بيان أصدره اليوم الخميس، أعلن البرنامج أنه يقوم بتوزيع حصص غذائية تكفي لمدة شهرين إلى المواقع التي لم يتم الوصول إليها منذ شهر نيسان/أبريل الماضي نتيجة للصراع. وتشمل المواد الغذائية التي يقدمها برنامج الأغذية دقيق القمح والبقول وزيت الطهي. ويقول برنامج الأغذية العالمي إنه يعمل على التغلب على انعدام الأمن، ونقاط التفتيش، وما وصفه ب “عقبات كثيرة أخرى” في اليمن للوصول إلى الأسر اليائسة غير قادرة على إطعام أطفالها. ومنذ نيسان /أبريل، تمكن البرنامج من الوصول إلى حوالي 2.6 مليون شخص من المتضررين من النزاع ومن شدة انعدام الأمن الغذائي في 13 محافظة في اليمن. يذكر أنه حتى قبل اندلاع الحرب، كان اليمن يستورد ما يقرب من 90 في المائة من مواده الغذائية الأساسية من الخارج. وبحسب ما ورد فأن عدم القدرة على استيراد ما يكفي من الغذاء والتحرك بأمان داخل البلاد أدى إلى ارتفاع حاد في الأسعار، الأمر الذي يزيد من معاناة الأشد فقرا والأكثر عرضة للخطر.

بان كي مون يحث الأطراف المتصارعة في اليمن على وقف الأنشطة العسكرية

1411433_sg-stk29 يوليو 2015 – إذاعة الأمم المتحدة

إستماع

حث الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة، بان كي مون، جميع الأطراف المتورطة في الصراع في اليمن سواء من داخل وخارج البلاد، على وقف الأنشطة العسكرية وحل جميع الخلافات من خلال الممارسات السلمية.

وفي إحاطة للصحفيين اليوم، أعرب السيد بان عن القلق إزاء تصاعد الأزمة في اليمن، وقال:

” أكثر من واحد وعشرين مليون شخص في حاجة ماسة إلى المساعدة لتلبية احتياجاتهم الأساسية، ومع ذلك لا يزال الوصول محدودا للغاية وغير معقول. أنا أشعر بالقلق إزاء التصعيد المتزايد، والانتهاكات المستمرة للقانون الدولي الإنساني وحقوق الإنسان والآثار التي يمكن أن تزعزع الاستقرار في المنطقة.”

وأكد السيد بان على أن مبعوثه الخاص إلى اليمن،  إسماعيل ولد الشيخ أحمد، في المنطقة ويواصل جهوده من أجل استئناف العملية السياسية.

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR, STEPHEN O’BRIEN – Statement to the Security Council on Yemen

New York, 28 July 2015
Mr. President,
When I last reported on the situation in Yemen in a closed session of the Security Council on my second day in post on 2nd June, I described Yemen as a looming humanitarian catastrophe. By every test, that catastrophe has now loomed, and loomed large. This is an intense disappointment given the extent of our efforts here at the UN and with partners to find ways of alleviating the suffering and the descent into catastrophe.
And the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate rapidly. With 80 per cent of the population of about 26 million people in need of some kind of humanitarian assistance and more than 1,895 civilians killed by fighting since March, the impact of this conflict on civilians is indeed catastrophic. Airstrikes hit a residential complex in Mokha on 24 July, killing at least 73 civilians according to OHCHR. Bodies continue to be pulled out of the rubble, and the final death toll is not known.
A humanitarian pause announced over the weekend has not been respected by any party to the conflict with airstrikes and ground fighting reported in eight governorates. Since the nominal beginning of the unilateral pause announced by Saudi Arabia, set to begin at 23:59 local time last Sunday, coalition airstrikes have been confirmed in Haijah, Lahj, Sa’ada, and most recently in Sana’a. In Hajjah, an airstrike hit a health centre, killing one person and injuring others. Ground fighting has also been confirmed in Al Dhale’e, Lahj, Marib and Taizz. Rockets were launched from Houthi/pro-Saleh-held areas of Lahj into neighbouring Aden, prompting return fire by Popular Committees.
Mr. President,
Parties to the conflict continue to fail to meet their responsibilities under International Humanitarian and International Human Rights Laws. We continue to witness the death and injury of civilians and the destruction of civilian infrastructure, including homes, hospitals, schools, roads and bridges. As of 24 July, health facilities report over 4,000 conflict-related deaths and over 19,800 injuries since 26 March. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reports that 1,895 civilians have been killed, as I said, and 4,182 injured.
Since March, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Yemen has increased by 33 per cent from an already staggering 16 million people to more than 21 million in July. The number of those facing food insecurity has increased from 10.6 to 13 million, an increase of 21 per cent. Some aid agencies are now using the term starvation to describe the situation of those most food insecure. Conditions caused by the fighting have contributed to the spread of preventable diseases such as acute diarrhoea, dengue fever and polio. More than 15.2 million people lack access to basic healthcare, and more than 20 million lack access to safe water.
Commercial imports – which accounted for 90 per cent of Yemen’s food and fuel before the conflict – have decreased dramatically. A light, UN-led inspections mechanism enabling the flow of commercial imports to increase has long been proposed and is still urgently needed. Negotiations continue.
The Humanitarian Coordinator visited Aden this week, where he witnessed first-hand the scale of the destruction caused. He described the situation as “harrowing”.
Mr. President,
It is against this backdrop that the international community continues to call for a substantial humanitarian pause that is respected by all parties – that is an unconditional freeze in the fighting to allow humanitarian actors to reach more people in need whoever, wherever they are in Yemen and however their need arises, with critically-needed assistance.
Mr. President,
Humanitarian partners, with the expectation that the planned pause would take hold, had developed an operational plan to reach an additional 3 million people in the initial 5-day period with vital assistance, including three million people with water and sanitation, 600,000 people with life-saving healthcare, 3.1 million people with food and 2,200 children under five years old with treatment for acute malnutrition. That plan is live and ready to go now – if only we could get a pause to stick.
With ongoing violence making deliveries dangerous, and with key roads and bridges destroyed, humanitarian access is limited. However, partners continue, amazingly and bravely, to deliver assistance to the people in need whenever and wherever possible, often at great risk to themselves. Yesterday, humanitarian agencies including WFP dispatched food for 62,000 people to Al Hudaydah, Abyan, Amran, Al Dhale’e, Lahj and Taizz. In Sa’adah city and the Rahban area, 50,000 people continued to receive water after UNICEF and its partners delivered fuel for the pumping station. In Al Jawf, four mobile clinics provide nutritional health services. In Aden, humanitarian partners have reopened health facilities that serve 360,000 people and began a vaccination campaign for 120,000 children. Brilliant as this is, it is a mere fraction of what is needed, and what could and can be delivered, if the violence and fighting paused, preferably ceased.
Recognising the need to scale up operational presence, the UN is establishing five hubs across the country, and international UN staff began working in Al Hudaydah today, the first time that UN international staff have been based outside the capital since the start of the conflict. We can go where we have access – there are no partial judgments involved.
Mr. President,
Efforts to respond to the overwhelming levels of humanitarian need are woefully under-resourced. The humanitarian appeal for Yemen stands at $1.6 billion, of which only 15 per cent – $241 million – has been received. Much has already been spent by UN agencies and their partners advancing their own funds in expectations of the original Saudi pledge of $274 million being forthcoming. Additional resources are urgently needed – now.
Mr. President,
I wish to inform Council members that I will travel to Yemen in the coming weeks to see for myself the needs of the Yemeni people and the challenges faced in meeting these. This conflict has brought appalling damage on an already suffering people. We must redouble our efforts to secure a pause in the fighting which is adhered to by all parties, to reach all those in need with basic assistance and urgently to give time and space to seek to reach a more durable ceasefire and a political solution.
Thank you.

Yemen: UN reports some 4,000 people killed since March in escalating conflict, nearly half of them civilians

Boys hold shrapnel from exploded artillery shells while standing on a street damaged by blasts in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen. Photo: UNICEF/Mohamed Hamoud

Boys hold shrapnel from exploded artillery shells while standing on a street damaged by blasts in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen. Photo: UNICEF/Mohamed Hamoud

28 July 2015

The death toll in war-torn Yemen is almost 4,000 since the conflict had escalated mid-March, today said a representative for the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

“From 19 March and until 19 July, there were 3,984 deaths and 19,347 injuries, making a total of 23,331 deaths and injuries. These figures were based on what was reported from health facilities,” WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said during a press briefing in Geneva.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), he said, bases its figures on what WHO compiles on the basis of information from health facilities.

According to Ravina Shamdasani, who spoke on behalf of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the total number of civilians killed since March is 1,895 and 4,182 others have been injured.

Only between 16 and 27 July, she added, at least 202 civilians, including 36 women, had been killed, and 353 others injured. The most recent update from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) brings the number of children killed to 365, while 484 others have been injured.

Yemen: The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement condemns the shooting at an ambulance in Taiz

Published: 28 July 2015

Geneva / Sana’a – 27 July 2015 – The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement condemns in the strongest possible terms the shooting at a Yemeni Red Crescent Society (YRCS) ambulance in the city of Taiz on Thursday the 23rd of July, killing two people.

The ambulance, which was clearly marked with the YRCS emblem, was transporting an injured patient with a companion and two YRCS volunteers across a front line when it came under fire. The bullets fired penetrated the body of the ambulance, resulting in the immediate death of the patient and his companion.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has no information at present on who fired the shots or their motive.

It is extremely worrying that the past couple of months have seen an increasing number of attacks against health-care workers and relief personnel in the country.

Four YRCS volunteers have lost their lives in the line of duty since March 2015.

Furthermore, there have been reports of numerous attacks against the property of YRCS, including cars and premises clearly displaying its emblem. Looting and arson attacks on the YRCS compound in Taiz, on 24thof June and the 01st of July are the latest such incidents.

The Yemeni Red Crescent Society, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) together call for the immediate protection of volunteers from YRCS and all other personnel affiliated with the Movement.

It is also absolutely essential that all sides facilitate the work of YRCS volunteers, and of all other humanitarian workers, by respecting the emblems displayed on their premises, vehicles and clothing. Without this respect for these emblems – including those of the Movement, saving lives and offering much-needed assistance for millions of Yemenis will become close to impossible.

For further information, please contact:

  • Benoit Carpentier, IFRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 2132413+41 79 2132413
  • Alexis Heeb, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 218 76 10+41 79 218 76 10
  • Adel Ali Thamer, YRCS Sana’a, tel: +967- 770807046
  • Shahin Ammane, ICRC Sana’a, tel: +967-737503716

“Harrowing” situation for people in Aden, Yemen

Abdallah and his six-year-old son stand in what used to be the entrance of their home, in Sana'a's Bayt Mayad neighbourhood. Photo: OCHA/Charlotte Cans

Abdallah and his six-year-old son stand in what used to be the entrance of their home, in Sana’a’s Bayt Mayad neighbourhood. Photo: OCHA/Charlotte Cans

28 July 2015 – United Nations Radio

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The situation for people living in the Yemeni port city of Aden has been described as “harrowing” by the top United Nations relief official in the country.

An intensification of violence and conflict over the past four months has devastated the city and destroyed the lives and livelihoods of the majority of its people.

Johannes van der Klaauw, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, has just visited Aden.

Isabelle Dupuis asked him for an update.

IOM Evacuates Somalis from Yemen to Somalia

Posted: 07/28/15
Region-Country:  Africa and Middle East / Somalia

Somalia – IOM’s second evacuation flight from Yemen to Somalia arrived in Mogadishu at 07.45 on July 27, 2015. It had 272 passengers on board, of whom 196 requested further assistance and have been taken to an IOM transit / reception centre.

The flight, which left Sana’a international airport on 26 July was coordinated by IOM offices in Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Geneva. IOM also worked in close coordination with the relevant national authorities and the Somali Consulate in Sana’a.

“This successful evacuation is the result of over a month of coordination between IOM offices, including their protection, operations and medical units,” said IOM Yemen Operations Officer Lilian Ambuso.

The Somali evacuees had been living in Yemen for years, but opted to return home to Somalia due to the escalation of the armed conflict and deteriorating living conditions.

“I used to work in a restaurant in Sana’a, but it was closed after the conflict began in March. I have no choice but to go back home, though the situation is not much different from Yemen,” said Amina, 25, a mother of four.

“After having been up for 48 hours since leaving Sana’a and then to Djibouti, where we took a flight to Mogadishu, we are thankful for IOM’s help and a place to sleep,” said Ali Salim Naaji, who was accompanied by his wife and a sick grandchild.

Following medical screening by IOM doctors, the evacuees, who included 68 children, 18 infants and six people with disabilities, left Sana’a on a special IOM humanitarian flight. International air travel in and out of Yemen is practically non-existent at this point.

The flight had to undergo several transits for refuelling and security, including an overnight in Khartoum, Sudan. Their arrival in Mogadishu had to be during daylight hours, due to the lack of lighting at the airport.

Seven of the evacuees were referred to hospitals for further medical assistance, after being checked by IOM’s health team at the Mogadishu transit / reception centre.

The evacuation operation prioritized vulnerable people, the elderly, people with disabilities and medical conditions, and families with children.

A total of 217 returnees will remain in Mogadishu; 19 will travel to Baidoa, eight to the Galgadud Region; 10 to the Hiraan Region, nine to Jowhar and six to Galka’yo.

“The situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate rapidly, and our capacity to respond to this emergency is only challenged by a lack of funds,” said Gerard Waite, IOM Somalia Chief of Mission.

For further information please contact Lykke Stavnes at IOM Somalia, Tel: +252 61798222, Email: lstavnes@iom.int