SANA'A, Yemen, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A United Nations humanitarian official Friday urged donors to increase their contributions to aid Yemenis displaced by an armed conflict.
U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinators John Holmes is in Yemen to call attention to the plight of about 150,000 people driven from their homes by the conflict between government forces and a rebel militia. Fighting first broke out in 2004.
"Tens of thousands of people have been displaced by the latest wave of fighting in northern Yemen alone, and the number is growing daily," Holmes was quoted as saying in a U.N. release. "I am here to see the situation for myself and galvanize support for the men, women and children whose lives have been overturned by this conflict."
A month ago, a $23.7 million "flash appeal" was started to fund immediate, life-saving activities, but it has received only 16 percent of that amount with an additional $3.5 million pledged.
Holmes said the U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund allocated more than $7 million, but individual donors need to step up.
The most urgent needs are for shelter, food, water and sanitation.