UN Pledging Conference Seeks Support For 19 Million Yemenis in Crisis

Students gather in front of a window to get breakfast, which is distributed free of charge at a school in Sana'a, Yemen, Feb. 19, 2019.

A high-level pledging conference for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen this week will seek international support for 19 million people who are suffering from years of conflict and deprivation. 

In December, the U.N. asked for a record $4.2 billion for Yemen, the largest single country appeal ever launched. By any measure, the situation in Yemen is catastrophic. The United Nations calls it the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

The U.N. human rights office reports nearly 18,200 civilians have been killed and injured since the beginning of the civil conflict between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels in March 2015. It says airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition are responsible for two-thirds of these casualties.