Read caption Children stand outside their hut in a newly set up camp for displaced people in Abs in Yemen. Photo: Karl Schembri/NRC

Statement on outcome of Yemen pledging conference

Published 25. Feb 2019|Edited 26. Feb 2019
Statement by Mohamed Abdi, the Norwegian Refugee Council Yemen Country Director in Yemen in reaction to outcome of Yemen pledging conference:

"The money pledged today is essential to alleviate the suffering of Yemenis but it falls way short of what is needed to help 80 per cent of the entire population, now in need of aid. While billions are spent on bombs and weapons bringing death and destruction, much less is made available to save lives of Yemeni civilians. We welcome Canada’s and Germany’s increased contributions and we need more governments who are not involved in this war to step up the funding. We’re calling on political and military authorities in Yemen to give us unhindered access to people in need, and to stop interfering in the delivery of aid. But above all we need to see an end to the blockade, reopening of all ports and airports, an end to bureaucratic restrictions and delays on commercial imports, public services, the economy and livelihoods restored, civil servants paid, and a nationwide ceasefire so that talks can bring an end to this brutal war once and for all. This is the only way to break the vicious cycle of violence and suffering.”

For more information, please contact:

Karl Schembri, Regional Media Adviser in the Middle East, Mobile +962 (0) 7902 20159, e-mail: karl.schembri@nrc.no