Henrietta Fore calls on “No Time to Waste”
Henrietta Fore, UNICEF’s executive director, On Monday, calls on all parties to the conflict zone of Yemen, to ensure that children are protected and unhindered access to communities in need is ensured.
“There is no time to waste. Children in Yemen need peace. An end to this brutal conflict is the only way they can fulfil their potential, resume their childhood and ultimately, rebuild their country, ” Fore said in a statement.
On Friday, UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres also voiced deep concern over the situation in Yemen, calling for urgent action on the part of the International Community to “save off catastrophe”
However, Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the result of five years of a brutal conflict, disease, economic collapse and a breakdown of public institutions and services. A staggering 80 percent of the country’s population- over 24 million people- require some form of humanitarian assistance and protection, including more than 12 million children.
The situation is worsened dramatically with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic earlier this year.