20 Jan 2018 - 17:19

Qatar Charity launches urgent relief campaign for Yemen

QNA

Doha: Qatar Charity (QC) has launched an urgent relief campaign for the affected people of Yemen because of the worsening humanitarian situation, in the name of "urgent relief for Yemen". The campaign aims to provide care and support to more than 18 million Yemenis in urgent need of various forms of assistance including shelter, food, medicine, drinking water and heating supplies. Food baskets, which cost QR 300, are made with eight food items.

In the field of the healthcare, the campaign will provide medical supplies and medicines to displaced Yemenis.

Due to the scarcity of clean water and the near total lack of environmental sanitation, which has become a source of danger for more than 8 million Yemenis, the campaign will contribute to the provision of potable water to most of the regions and governorates there.

As more than 4 million Yemeni refugees struggle to survive the harsh winter cold, the campaign will provide blankets, mattresses and clothes for different ages.

Khalid Al Yafie, Director of Project Management at the Executive Directorate of International Operations at Qatar Charity, said: "The humanitarian crisis that Yemen has been experiencing for years has exacerbated the humanitarian situation in various fields, especially those affecting the daily lives of citizens. Thousands suffer due to water cuts, lack of food, and almost complete collapse of medical services due to lack of medicines and the paucity or lack of medical consumables. This has exacerbated the situation to large internal displacements from major cities to rural areas, increasing human suffering.”

He pointed out that international reports sounded the alarm that in 2018 the world may witness the worst humanitarian disaster in Yemen if everyone does not unite to stop this tragedy urgently, especially since the harsh winter increases the suffering of thousands of Yemeni families.

Al-Yafei urged Qatari and expatriate philanthropists to donate to the campaign in order to alleviate the suffering of the people of Yemen, pointing out that the exceptional situation that Yemen has been going through for many years has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis there due to lack of food and medicine and deterioration of services.

Qatar Charity (QC) has carried out several previous relief campaigns for the affected people of Yemen between 2008 and 2017 in areas of healthcare, food, shelter, and various projects.