UN launches record appeal for $22.5B to help 91M in need



The United Nations launched a record appeal Friday for $22.5 billion to help 91 million of the 136 million people across the world in need of humanitarian aid as a result of conflicts, natural disasters, epidemics and displacement.

U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said the 136 million people in need is about 5 percent higher than the projection at this time last year — and the 2018 appeal to help the 91 million most vulnerable is up from the $22.2 billion appeal for 2017.

He told the launch of the appeal in Geneva that the big drivers of need will remain conflict and violence “which forces people to flee from their homes, deny some access to adequate food, and robs them of their livelihood.”

Lowcock said the largest crisis in the world at the moment is in conflict-wracked Yemen, where 20 million of the country’s 25 million people need aid and 7-8 million are on the brink of famine.

He again urged the Saudi-led coalition to fully lift the air, sea and land blockade on Yemen that it imposed after a missile attack on the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Nov. 6 so life-saving aid and fuel can be delivered. The blockade was partially lifted last weekend.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CEO of Save The Children International, said at the launch that children in Yemen are dying of diseases that were overcome in many places over 100 years ago, including cholera.

She said about 130 children are dying every day in Yemen.

Thorning-Schmidt urged governments to take a longer-term approach and tackle the causes and symptoms of humanitarian crises.

This can be done “by brokering peace agreements, investing in education, helping communities build resilience to climate shocks, and speaking up when people are persecuted,” she said. “Without this, we will continue to see a record level of suffering.”

According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, some countries’ needs will fall, but still remain significant, including Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Iraq, Mali, and Ukraine.

But at the same time, OCHA said needs are rising substantially in Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

Other countries covered by the appeal include Chad, Haiti, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, the Palestinian territories, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Ukraine.

SOURCE:   https://www.dailysabah.com/world/2017/12/01/un-launches-record-appeal-for-225b-to-help-91m-in-need

6 replies

  1. It is ‘nice’ and ‘kind’ to make plans to assist those in need BUT WHY THE HELL DOES NO ONE HAVE THE COURAGE TO TELL OFF SAUDI ARABIA and its arms suppliers USA UK and others to stop the killings in Yemen ??? Without supply of arms and ammunition the killing would stop !!!

    • @ Raffiq— The arms are not the cause of problem in this world. The cause of conflict and war is the extremist from every religions.
      In 21th century the Islamic extremist that cause conflict in Islamic countries.

      This is a proof from Pakistan where the extremist Muslim have been killing thousand the minorities ( Ahmadiyysh, Christian etc ) with Bom ( not from USA).

      Saudi Arabia and Iran are both the extremist states, no freedom of religion and expression, you know it Raffiq.
      Why do you pretend as a blind person?

      If some one hate America he cannot see the truth anymore,
      Without the helps of USA, Islamic countries have been destroyed by each other. We have to thankful to USA. Millions Ahmadiyyah who live in USA are so happy and enjoy to live in.
      Allah bless America and its people who love all people regardless his religion, race and gender.

      With love❤️

      By the way, are you fine with your family in Lombok?

      • Without the American arms and ammunition the war in Yemen would be fought with Saudi Swords used in the Sword dance that President Trump joined. I doubt whether it would have caused so many casualties. Who is blind, I wonder?

      • Lombok is fine, but hotels are nearly empty. As the airport is frequently closed (due to the vulcanic ash from Bali) tourists seem to book their vacations elsewhere.

      • If you cannot see that Iraq, Syria, Lebanon was destroyed with weapons from outside (and training and ‘lead’) then no one can help you. Remember I was in the middle of it in Baghdad and even in Benghazi … Yes, like in Libya, just because outsiders dumped all the weapons there it does not mean that the stupid local militias have to kill each other. But as I wrote before, without outside weapons they could only get at each other with swords…

  2. It is a waste of resources to help Muslims. Their Allah taught them to fight, die and kill. Just follow Muhammad. Every Muslim has told me he wanted to die for islam/ Allah. Let us help those who want to live, work, educate and make efforts to improve their own lives. Muslims do not want freedom, justice, education, equality, justice, or any thing. They Only want Allah and nothing else.

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