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Thousands more benefit from Yemen emergency aid

15th September, 2015

Thousands of beneficiaries have received food aid as part of Islamic Help’s ongoing emergency aid programmes in war-torn Yemen.

The latest distribution was in partnership with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and involved the distribution of food packs to 380 families – a total of 3,040 individual beneficiaries.

The programme was carried out in the Sana’a Governate with food packs sent to Hail School and Islamic Help’s warehouse from where they were handed out to recipients.

The distribution was carried out in three stages: the verification of beneficiaries’ identities, arrangements of the food packs and recipient groups, and the handing of the food packs to the beneficiaries.

An Islamic Help official said the project went smoothly thanks to the participation of the beneficiaries who helped the teams with unloading the supplies and ensured there were no problems between recipients.

It was the latest in a series of emergency aid programmes being delivered by Islamic Help to more than 300,000 people in Yemen. The work includes a £1.5 million partnership with United Nations agencies to deliver food and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) programmes.

The partnership with the IDB will benefit 38,000 beneficiaries in and around the capital Sana’a through the distribution of food packs designed to last families for up to a month.

According to the United Nations, more than 2,000 civilians have died in the conflict which has involved Shia rebels, known as Houthis, battling against the government, and air strikes launched in March this year against the Houthis by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition. An estimated 16 million of Yemen’s 26 million population is in desperate need of emergency aid.