689 billion of WFP: Relief became the 2nd supplier of Houthi after Oil

English - الثلاثاء 08 يناير 2019 الساعة 12:07 م
Sana’a – NewsYemen.net

The WFP gives Houthi militias monthly food aid shipments, according to the lists submitted to them, for disbursement to employees and beneficiaries whose salaries have been cut off since August 2016.

The average price of the food basket provided by the World Food Program (WFP) is Y.R 25,000. In a calculation of the number of State’s employees who registered at the Social Security Index, the annual cost of food baskets is Y.R 825 billion, while its value is used to fund the war against Yemenis.

The militias steal the relief for school feeding. Staff at the Ministry of Education, headed by the elder brother of militias leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi, confirm that the aid goes in trucks to traders' stores directly.

After the militias have achieved their goals in storing of many aid reliefs then they finally demanded that aid materials to be changed into money.

Observers confirm that the bulk of the relief aid does not reach the beneficiaries, and there is manipulation of the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the needy and displaced.

They pointed out that assistance reach the heads of the neighborhoods sometimes who in turn distribute a small amount of them, while the rest are distributed to friends or being sold in the market at low prices.

Food items were presented in the local market in Sana'a with United Nations slogans, including flour, dry legumes, margarine and rice.

The United Nations has gathered billions of dollars for the Yemeni people, but most of the money do not reach Yemenis, who have been besieged by hunger. Yemen's relief needs are estimated at around $ 4 billion this year.

According to the United Nations survey, the war in Yemen and the ensuing economic collapse have made 15.9 million people, or 53 percent of the population, face "severe and severe food insecurity" and that famine is a threat if no action is taken to prevent it immediately.

The Houthi militias have been hindering relief, looting and preventing access to some areas of Yemen for years, in addition to taking aid to its war effort in different ways," the Associated Press quoted Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al Jaber as saying.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have handed over to the United Nations $ 1.2 billion under the United Nations humanitarian response plan in Yemen, but only 40% of the money has been spent, the Saudi ambassador said.

"This is an indication of the inability of the United Nations to use and deliver them to those in need in areas under the authority of the Houthi militias, because of their practices," he said.