The UN appeals to raise money for the annual humanitarian aid for 2018, demanding a record 22.5 billion dollars to help 91 million people primarily affected by wars in Africa and the Middle East, Reuters and the French press reported.
“In 2018, more people than ever will need our help”, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock. The need for humanitarian aid will be 136 million people in 26 countries, or 5% more than this year.
However, the UN can not reach everyone – mainly for security reasons, as well as for lack of assistance to authorities or other conflict states. The aid will be given to about 91 million people. The need for aid has grown considerably in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and the Central African Republic, and Yemen, Nigeria, Syria and South Sudan still need them, the UN says. . The need for humanitarian aid in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Iraq, Mali and Ukraine is expected to decline, but to remain substantial.
The requested aid is 1% more than last year. Of these, 7.66 billion USD is for the Syrian crisis, and 2.5 billion USD for Yemen.
“Saudi Arabia’s military coalition must lift its blockade to Yemen, where between 7 and 8 million people are on the brink of hunger”, said Mark Lowcock. “Otherwise, there will be a terrible humanitarian tragedy with millions of victims that the world has not seen for decades”, he warned.
In addition to the victims of conflict, the UN also provides funds for those affected by natural disasters. Some specialists are predicting an increased risk of earthquakes next year, warns the organization.