Created: 2021.03.31 / Updated: 2021.03.31 17:16

Lithuania provided humanitarian aid to Yemen, Syrian people and IFRC

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania allocated 100 thousand euros to humanitarian aid for Yemen, 50 thousand euros to humanitarian aid for Syrian people and 100 thousand euros humanitarian contribution to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

In 2021 war-torn Yemen continues to experience the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. 24 million people (more than 80% of the population) survival depends on international humanitarian aid: more than 16 million are suffering from malnutrition, nearly 50 thousand persons living in famine conditions, 19.7 million cannot access health care, 18 million has no access to water, 3.6 million IDP. The humanitarian situation in Yemen is further exacerbated by the spread of COVID-19 and cholera.

The 10-year-long conflict in Syria and the resulting humanitarian crisis are one of the greatest humanitarian disasters of the 21st century. 2020-2021 the situation in Syria has continued to deteriorate significantly: many displaced people are living in temporary shelters, there is a massive lack of access to clean water and other sanitation needs are not met. While the number of airstrikes and military attacks against civilians has declined, the country’s population has been significantly affected by the deepening economic decline and the COVID-19 pandemic.

In previous years Lithuania has also contributed to the reduction of humanitarian crises in Yemen and Syria.