Djibouti appeals for aid over Yemeni crisis

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Chinese citizens wait to get on the a navy frigate to leave Yemen, in the al-Hodayda port in western Yemen, on March 30, 2015. Four hundred and forty-nine Chinese nationals left the Yemeni coastal city of Al-Hodayda on Monday aboard a Chinese navy frigate. On Sunday, 122 other Chinese nationals were evacuated from the Yemeni city of Aden and have already arrived in Djibouti. (Xinhua/Hani Ali)
Chinese citizens wait to get on the a navy frigate to leave Yemen, in the al-Hodayda port in western Yemen, on March 30, 2015. Four hundred and forty-nine Chinese nationals left the Yemeni coastal city of Al-Hodayda on Monday aboard a Chinese navy frigate. On Sunday, 122 other Chinese nationals were evacuated from the Yemeni city of Aden and have already arrived in Djibouti. (Xinhua/Hani Ali)

Djibouti has appealed for aid to fund its contingence plan of over 5.6 million U.S. dollars to address the humanitarian crisis that arose from the three-month Yemeni crisis.

Chinese citizens wait to get on the a navy frigate to leave Yemen, in the al-Hodayda port in western Yemen, on March 30, 2015. Four hundred and forty-nine Chinese nationals left the Yemeni coastal city of Al-Hodayda on Monday aboard a Chinese navy frigate. On Sunday, 122 other Chinese nationals were evacuated from the Yemeni city of Aden and have already arrived in Djibouti. (Xinhua/Hani Ali)
Chinese citizens wait to get on the a navy frigate to leave Yemen, in the al-Hodayda port in western Yemen, on March 30, 2015. Four hundred and forty-nine Chinese nationals left the Yemeni coastal city of Al-Hodayda on Monday aboard a Chinese navy frigate. On Sunday, 122 other Chinese nationals were evacuated from the Yemeni city of Aden and have already arrived in Djibouti. (Xinhua/Hani Ali)
Speaking over the weekend, Djibouti’s Foreign Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssou said the appeal by his country was based on the fact that the number of asylum seekers which currently stands at 9,200, could rise to 150,000 by end of the year, according to estimates from the UN High Commission for Refugees.
Djibouti currently hosts over 25,000 Yemeni refugees.
The resident representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Madam Meritxell Relano said her organization will support the Djibouti government in taking care of child refugees and breast feeding mothers, as well as provision of health and education needs for the refugees.
Djibouti’s representative to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) Ms. Emmanuelle Guerne Bleich said FAO had not only planned to support food supply to refugees living in Djibouti’s northern region of Obock, but was also putting in place measures to support local population. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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