By Nasser Arrabyee/18/04/2010
A total of $4.9 million was provided as a new financial assistance from the government of United States to the displaced people in Sa'ada, north of Yemen, said a statement by the US embassy in Yemen Sunday.
The money was handed over to the United Nations high Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for assistance programs in conflict-affected areas of Sa'ada, Hajjah and Amran governorates.
The United States is continuing to provide much needed assistance to over 250,000 individuals displaced by the recent conflict in northern Yemen, the statement said.
This assistance will facilitate internally displaced person (IDP) registration, enhance protection and shelter for affected populations, and help provide blankets, tents, and other non-food items to IDPs.
Since 2008, the United States has provided more than $24.5 million in humanitarian assistance to Yemen. This assistance has helped to meet the emergency needs of people affected by the conflict in northern Yemen and the floods in Hadhramout.
On February 12th, 2010, the Yemeni government announced the end of 6-year old on-and-off war after Al Houthi rebels accepted six conditions set by the government including their going down from the mountains and handing over the weapons.
The implementation of the six conditions in reality still faces many political, social and economic difficulties.