S. Korea to Give Yemen US$20m in Humanitarian Aid

South Korea has announced plans to provide 20 million dollars this year in humanitarian aid to Yemen, a country devastated by prolonged civil war.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Multilateral Affairs Ham Sang-wook has pledged $20m during a high-level virtual event on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, co-hosted by the United Nations and the governments of Sweden and Switzerland.

The pledge included a continuation of rice aid since the agriculture ministry has been providing 50-thousand tons of rice to four to six countries each year, including Yemen, through the World Food Programme. 

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also said the U.S. would donate nearly $585 million in aid to Yemen this year and called for an end to the grinding war.

“We have to work relentlessly to bring the conflict to an end, knowing that as long as it goes on, so will the humanitarian crisis,” Blinken said.

Meanwhile, the United Nations humanitarian chief said the appeal for Yemen Wednesday raised only $1.3 billion, less than a third of what the organization had targeted to help the Arab world’s poorest country.

Martin Griffiths called the amount raised was “a disappointment,” given that the U.N. had set out to raise $4.27 billion to help alleviate the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. 

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