UNICEF representative in Yemen expresses need for humanitarian help
Jun 13, 2011
Geert Cappelaere, the Yemen representative for UNICEF, the United Nation's children's agency has spoken out on the violent state of the country and the need for humanitarian assistance, according to a recent report from Reuters.
"This country is absolutely in dire need of humanitarian assistance," said Cappelaere. "We hope that a solution to the political stalemate will come soon, but even if it comes this is not an end to the problems. We cannot emphasize that enough. Forty percent of the population lives below the poverty line and the repercussions of this are just huge."
Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the world, is now facing potential civil war. President Ali Abdullah Saleh go. Saleh has been in power for 33 years and social protests are mounting for his removal.
Meanwhile, malnutrition and increasing food prices are putting greater and greater pressures on the need for humanitarian aid.
According to the CIA, "Yemen is a low income country that is highly dependent on declining oil resources for revenue." The country has a population of 24 million, with a median age of 18.