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.
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