Al-Hamli discusses with the director of the OCHA office in Yemen the repercussions of stopping food aid

The Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for the Administration and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and International Cooperation, Ibrahim Al-Hamli, met today in Hodeidah with the Director of OCHA, Marcus Werne.

In the meeting, the Secretary-General of SCMCHA reviewed the repercussions of stopping disastrous food aid, which will exacerbate the worst humanitarian crisis in the world that the Yemeni people are experiencing as a result of the aggression and siege.

He pointed out the importance of working in accordance with the principles of humanitarian work, which emphasize achieving neutrality in providing aid, stressing that WFP’s decision to halt food aid in Sanaa and the liberated territories while do so in the occupied territories violates the principles of humanitarian work nobility of which are neutrality, impartiality and discrimination.

Al-Hamli indicated that SCMCHA made great efforts with WFP and proposed a number of solutions to ensure the continued disbursement of humanitarian aid to the most needy people, but they were rejected.

He considered that the politicization of aid is a crime against humanity, violates all international conventions, laws and treaties, and exposes the lives of millions of affected people to the risk of famine and death.

He confirmed SCMCHA’s keenness to provide all facilities to humanitarian organizations working in Yemen, stressing the importance for WFP and the organizations to carry out their humanitarian responsibilities and tasks impartially, to separate the humanitarian file from the political one, and to avoid the politicization of aid.

Al-Hamli pointed out that the repercussions of the decision to stop aid are catastrophic and dangerous to the lives of millions of needy people as a result of this disastrous decision against the Yemeni people, blaming WFP for the consequences of this decision.
He called on WFP to withdraw from stopping food aid and work to continue disbursement, as it will exacerbate the humanitarian catastrophe.

For his part, the director of the OCHA office in Yemen confirmed that he is working with WFP to find solutions for the continued disbursement of aid.

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