Written By: Yemen Observer Staff
Article Date: Sep 9, 2012 - 1:18:30 AM
UNHCR delegation to Sa’ada stressed the importance of increasing coordination and activities to raise resources to assist people in Sa’ada.
UNHCR representative Naveed Hussain while visiting Kharaz refugees camp in south Yemen.
“Some of these needs we can address directly. Others, we will advocate for”, said Hussain, stating that UNCHR will seek to raise awareness and resources for the people of Sa’ada.
Good will was expressed during meetings with the Executive Council and the Governor. Both indicated their willingness to facilitate UNHCR’s work and coordinate humanitarian assistance in the affected areas.
“I am confident that by working together we can raise additional resources to assist more people in Sa’ada”, said Hussain.
Sa’ada governorate has been ravaged by a series of violent conflict since 2004, and the need for humanitarian assistance is urgent.
UNHCR representative Naveed Hussain visited Sa’ada governorate on August 26, to meet with Executive Council and the governor of Sa’ada to discuss future cooperation and UNHCR activities in the area.
The UNHCR delegation also included Deputy Representative Fathiaa Abdalla and Heads of Field Offices in the north.
The delegation discussed humanitarian needs and conditions in Sa’ada affecting IDPs. Since 2004, a series of armed conflicts has affected more than 1 million people and repeatedly displaced populations in the north. Around 330,000 people have been displaced by the conflict in the north and are in need of durable solutions.
As the entire country is affected by economic hardship and rising food prices, the protracted nature of the conflict in Sa’ada exacerbates an already difficult situation.
There is comprehensive damage to houses and infrastructure that will need to be rehabilitated.
The presence of landmines and other unexploded ordnances and inadequate basic services are additional obstacles to return. IDPs will require assistance in all these areas in order to return and rebuild their lives in Sa’ada once again.
Coordination and increased activities were the key words when UNHCR representative Naveed Hussain went for his first visit to Sa’ada governorate in the north of Yemen.
UNHCR assists refugees, IDPs and asylum seekers across Yemen. Current activities in Sa’ada include among others rehabilitation of houses, which is an urgent need. UNHCR also runs a community centre, provides shelter repair grants, non-food items as well as supports other services. .
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