February 8, 2017 / 11:03 AM / 10 months ago

U.N. seeks $2.1 billion to avert famine in Yemen

GENEVA, Feb 8 (Reuters) - The United Nations appealed on Wednesday for $2.1 billion to provide food and other life-saving assistance to 12 million people in Yemen who face the threat of famine after two years of war.

“The situation in Yemen is catastrophic and rapidly deteriorating,” Jamie McGoldrick, U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, said in the appeal document.

“Nearly 3.3 million people – including 2.1 million children – are acutely malnourished.” (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, editing by Tom Miles)

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