The economic and humanitarian situation in Yemen has reached catastrophic levels, with reports of an unprecedented lack of power, gas, and other vital goods. There are reports of people collecting firewood to cook with, and even cooking gas being used to power vehicles. A video has been released by an international aid agency, with Yemenis giving an insight into their daily life (click here).
A group of British-Yemenis have decided to help alleviate some of the suffering in Yemen, and sent 40 tonnes of aid to the country on Thursday, here is a press release from the group:
Today, Thursday 14th July 2011, 40 tonnes of mixed aid will be shipped from London to Yemen, where it will be distributed through local NGO networks to the poorest and neediest in Yemen.
The containers hold 5 tonnes of clothing, 20 tonnes of food (including 2 tonnes of rice), and 10 tonnes of health / hygiene products; a further 5 tonnes of medical supplies have been provided by a British-Yemeni donor; the shipping costs have also been met by this donor.
The aid has been contributed by individuals – Yemeni-British, British-Muslim and compassionate British alike. It has been collected and brought to London, sorted, and palletised by a group of dedicated young volunteers.
Yemen is currently engulfed in a political stand-off, in which the governing regime is suspected of manipulating food and fuel supply to degrade their political opponents. Unfortunately, the people of Yemen are “collateral damage” in this elite struggle – displaced and fearful, many of whom already live on less than $2 per day.
USAID has already granted $10m in cash and delivered 6,300 tonnes of aid for the 416,000 Internally Displaced Persons in the north. The UK Government’s pledged donation to the Yemeni people stands at £15m, but the World Food Programme in Yemen still needs $67.4 m to sustain just the neediest: their recent Comprehensive Food Security Survey found that 30% of Yemenis are “acutely hungry.” The FAO’s food price index is 38% higher than this time last year– and most Yemenis can afford to eat only one meal per day.
Today there will be an opportunity to see the shipment in London N18, and meet some of the volunteers involved. Enquiries should be directed to Awsan Deen on 07535-399010 or Salim Abdullah on 07516-161916.
We are volunteers, non-partisan British-Yemenis, drawn from the major Yemeni communities of the UK (London, Birmingham, Liverpool, and Sheffield.) we have no geographic, sectarian, religious or political affiliation in Yemen. Currently funded by private donations.
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