Emergency Grant Aid in response to IDPs in the Republic of Yemen and Yemeni refugees in neighboring countries
May 22, 2015
1. On May 22(Friday), the Government of Japan decided to extend Emergency Grant Aid of 2.4 million US dollars (approximately 290 million Japanese yen) through the International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC), International Organization of Migration (IOM) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to support internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yemen and Yemeni refugees in Djibouti and Somalia, etc. in the area of medical care, foods and non-food materials, and the evacuation of foreign nationals from Yemen.
2. Internal conflict in Yemen has been aggravated due to advance of the armed group from Houthis into Southern Yemen after March 2015 and thus led to the military intervention in Yemen on March 26 by the “Arab Coalition” including Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. To this date, there are more than 6,000 casualties, and the number of IDPs has risen to nearly 150,000 and 16,000 foreigners are still stranded in Yemen. Therefore urgent response is required.
3. In response to the international organizations’ call for support, the Government of Japan has decided to extend the grant aid in view of humanitarian needs as well as the amicable relations between Japan and Yemen. With this grant aid, the total amount of Japan’s contribution to Yemen has reached approximately 40 million US dollars since the situation began to destabilize in September 2014.