The United Nations has launched an appeal to raise a whopping $4.2 billion aid to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis Yemen. It is the largest ever appeal made the UN. It comes after the country has been ravaged years of war and is the brink of famine. The UN said it needs the money to help 19 million people the war-torn nation. It estimates that nearly a quarter a million Yemenis are suffering from malnutrition and are close to dying starvation. The UN said that around 80 per cent the population needed urgent humanitarian assistance and protection. A UN spokesperson said the suffering of the people in Yemen has reached a scale not seen living memory.
The UN announced it had finally gained access to food stored warehouses in the Red Sea port city Hudaydah. There is enough food stored there to feed 3.7 million people a month. The port has been inaccessible for the past six months because heavy fighting in the area. The UN was worried because the food was risk of rotting. The UN said government forces and Houthi rebels could start to withdraw around the city soon. It added: "It has really been a horrific year millions and millions of people in Yemen, who are literally balancing on the edge of famine and starvation. They need massive amounts aid, water, sanitation, and education for their children."