Washington, DC (STL.News) Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken released the following statement:
Today, I announced nearly $191 million in additional humanitarian assistance at the virtual 2021 High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen. Combined with the nearly $160 million we provided at the end of last year, the United States has provided more than $350 million since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2021. In total, the United States has provided more than $3.4 billion to alleviate the suffering of the people of Yemen since the crisis began six years ago.
The assistance announced today includes more than $177 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and nearly $14 million from the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. It contributes to international partners’ efforts to assist the 20 million people who rely on humanitarian assistance such as food, health, water, sanitation, hygiene, shelter, protection, and education for internally displaced and conflict-affected Yemenis as well as for refugees and asylum seekers in Yemen. Our assistance also supports prevention and treatment of severe malnutrition, rehabilitation of water systems, repair of roads to improve access to vulnerable communities, and support to help families earn an income and rebuild their livelihoods.