Humanitarian Aid Group Warns US on Fund Ammunition for Palestinian Refugees

The leaders of 21 international humanitarian aid groups have urged the United States to reconsider its decision to withhold $ 65 million from the United Nations aid agency for Palestinian refugees, warning of the dire consequences that would ensue if the funds were cut.

worried over the linking of aid to political goals by the Trump Administration. In a letter to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and other top officials, published on Thursday (25/1), they wrote that this marked "a dangerous and striking abandonment of American policy on humanitarian aid."

Haley has linking aid to the Palestinians with their willingness to start negotiations with Israel.

America is the largest donor to the aid agency, providing education and other social services to some 5 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. [uh]

North Korea, Vietnam Enter 10 Forgotten Countries in Humanitarian Crisis 2017

CARE International aid organization reports North Korea and Eritrea are on the list of 10 most unreported and forgotten countries in the humanitarian crisis of 2017. Other countries are Burundi, Sudan, Central African Republic, Republic Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Lake Chad Basin, Vietnam, and Peru.

The report highlights the fate of the tens of millions of people who are forced to suffer because the bad conditions they are experiencing are not reported and their needs are not met. Last year an estimated 220 million people in 37 countries were affected by the greatest humanitarian catastrophe in recent years.

CARE International Secretary-General Laurie Lee said the suffering of 70 million people in 10 countries experiencing an emergency and not reported was practically ignored. [19659003] "These ten crises have an impact on one-third of the 220 million people in need of humanitarian assistance by 2017. Yet only 2% of these emergencies are reported. All but three of the 10 countries reported to be in emergency by 2017 are in Africa. Africa is represented disproportionately on the list of 10 countries, "said Lee.

UN High Commissioner for Refugee Affairs Filippo Grandi said the humanitarian crisis is not limited to certain emergencies. He told VOA, ignoring them carries a lot of risk because the impact will be felt globally. He cited the case of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which was the most worrying crisis.

"Let us not forget that some of its neighbors are in a difficult situation. Southern Sudan is bordered by Congo. Burundi borders the Congo. So this crisis is sometimes linked to each other, being a regional crisis, unstable and becoming more difficult to resolve at some stage, "said Grandi.

CARE International warned 2018 will be a bleak year for millions of people stricken conflict and natural disasters. Added, increasing media attention can help focus public support on humanitarian crises, largely ignored. [em/ii]

US Confident Saudi Will Open Port to Distribute Humanitarian Assistance in Yemen

The White House said on Thursday it believed Saudi Arabia would allow a port in Yemen that it blocked opened after President Trump called for Ryadh to lift the blockade to allow humanitarian aid to be delivered to the Yemeni people.

The Arab-led coalition Saudis fighting Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen's civil war began blocking Yemeni ports after a missile was fired at Riyadh from Yemen.

Although the blockade was later loosened, the situation in Yemen is still sad. Approximately eight million people are on the verge of hunger while cholera and diphtheria outbreaks are spreading.

Yemeni population of 27 million is almost totally dependent on imports of food, fuel and water.

"I believe there are actions being opened a port, "White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Trump Wednesday urged Saudi Arabia to" allow food, fuel, water and medicine to be delivered to the people of Yemen "indicating that Washington is beginning to lose patience because of the blockade criticized by aid organizations. [ds]

Trump Urge Saudi Arabia Allow Humanitarian Assistance to Yemen

President Donald Trump has ordered officials to urge Saudi Arabia to allow fuel, food and medicine to be delivered to Yemen.

In a brief statement Wednesday (6/12), Trump said, "This must be immediately "

The Saudi-led coalition launched a ground and air attack to remove the Houthi rebels from Yemen.

Saudi Arabia imposed a blockade on all Yemeni ports last month after the Houthi rebels fired a missiles near Ryadh.

The blockade has been loosened to allow some humanitarian aid into Yemen, but Saudi Arabia tightened restrictions on commercial shipments resulting in a severe fuel shortage.

Fuel shortages mean generators used to pump drinking water, operate the hospital, and cook food not working. [ds]