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News ID: 46254
Publish Date: 18:42 - 26 May 2020
Tehran, 26 May_The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has warned its actives in Yemen are near a “potential breaking point” as the new coronavirus is spreading throughout the impoverished country, where the healthcare system has effectively collapsed amid a bloody Saudi-led war.

UN refugee agency’s relief operations in Yemen near 'potential breaking point'“We are reaching a potential breaking point in our program, where if we don't receive further funding soon, many of our program and particularly our cash assistance program to internally displaced Yemenis may have to stop,” UNHCR spokesman, Charlie Yaxley, said at a virtual briefing on Tuesday.

“We are seeing a growing number of families resorting to harmful coping mechanisms such as begging, child labor and marrying of children to survive,” he added.

Yaxley highlighted that the UN refugee agency offers a cash assistance program to some one million internally displaced people in Yemen, who rely on the money for food, medicine and shelter.

Separately, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday that it had received around 15 percent of the funding required for the $3.38 billion 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen.

“The humanitarian situation in Yemen could spin out of control as COVID-19 threatens a population already weakened by years of conflict,” World Food Program (WFP) spokeswoman Elizabeth Byrs said at the same briefing as well.

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