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UN conference for Yemen seeks funds for $4b target in 2019

GENEVA: The United Nations has opened a 3rd pledging conference in hopes of drumming up some $4 billion this yr for Yemen, a war-battered nation going through the sector's worst humanitarian crisis.

Host UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres lamented "an overwhelming humanitarian catastrophe'' the place some 24 million other people, or four-fifths of Yemen's total population, require aid and coverage.

"Twenty million other people can't reliably feed themselves or their families,'' he stated in Geneva, the place the meeting is going down. "Almost 10 million are only one step away from famine.''

UN officers say they're working out of money in a rustic additionally going through a devastated well being care machine, a loss of jobs, endured preventing and fallout from the sector's worst cholera epidemic in 2017.

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