Development Minister Müller assures Yemen of help

Federal Minister for Development Gerd Müller with the Prime Minister of Yemen,  Ahmed bin Dagher (centre) and the Foreign Minister of Yemen, Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi (left)

Press release of 18.05.2017 |

BERLIN – Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller assured Yemen’s Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher, who was visiting Berlin, that Germany would provide support to help Yemen overcome the current famine and boost development there.

Minister Müller said, "The people of Yemen, who are already in the midst of a civil war, have now also been hit by famine and cholera. We will not leave you to deal with this crisis on your own. We will continue providing support despite the difficult conditions. All conflict parties have a responsibility to make a serious effort to secure peace and to allow supplies to get through to the civilian population."

Through its development cooperation, Germany is helping to ensure that Yemen's people have access to clean water, health services and education despite the current conflict. In addition, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is providing supplies to help meet the basic needs of the internally displaced persons and overcome the acute famine. For the year 2017, the BMZ is providing 62.6 million euros in support for Yemen.

There has been fighting in Yemen for over two years now. As a consequence of the civil war, nearly 20 million Yemenis – some two-thirds of the population – are now dependent on humanitarian aid. And more than two million people have fled their homes and become displaced. In addition to the famine already threatening parts of the country, the last few weeks has also seen an outbreak of cholera, which has claimed more than 200 lives.

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