Norway increases support for humanitarian response in Yemen

Norway is increasing support for the humanitarian response in Yemen by NOK 30 million, bringing Norwegian humanitarian aid up to about NOK 305 million in 2018.

The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ine Eriksen Søreide, expressed her thoughts on the situation stating, “I am deeply concerned about the grave humanitarian situation in Yemen. A large proportion of the population is suffering from a shortage of food and malnutrition”. Søreide also stated that the additional NOK 30 million should assist “urgent food aid channelled through the UN”.

The supplementary support should primarily be channelled through the World Food Programme (WFP) and The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), strengthening the humanitarian response to the country.

About 75% of the population in Yemen are now dependent on humanitarian assistance and protection, making the situation the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. The Yemenites are primarily suffering from food insecurity, but are also experiencing inadequate health services and a shortage of water.

Read more about Norway’s humanitarian policy here.