Granted by the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry, the money will be transferred to the United Nations (UN) fund for humanitarian assistance to Yemen.
Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, with population of 29.3 million people. According to data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), over 9,000 people have been killed during the conflict that erupted in 2014, while nearly 53,000 were injured. The current situation is feared to become the biggest humanitarian catastrophe in the history of mankind.
Data provided by UN organizations suggests that 22.2 million of Yemen’s residents are currently in need of humanitarian assistance, including half of them needing the help urgently. Nearly 18,000 people in Yemen are short of food, while 8.4 million of them are at risk of starvation.
All in all, Lithuania has granted Yemen 65,000 euros since 2014, including the latest donation. The Baltic country has this year already earmarked 115,000 euros in humanitarian aid to Ukraine, Palestine’s refugees and the Office of the UN High Commissioner For Refugees.