United Nations-Earlier this week, UNHCR sent 13 trucks carrying blankets, mattresses, and other badly needed emergency relief items to Taiz governorate in the highlands of the country’s southwest. This was a breakthrough since it was the first time a UNHCR convoy made it through all the way from Aden to Taiz.
Dispatched in coordination with the Government of Yemen’s High Relief Committee, the convoy arrived on Sunday in Mashra’a Wa Hadnan, a district immediately south of the embattled Taizz city center. Distribution is starting this week for 500 displaced people, others who have returned to Taizz, plus local families who have been affected by the conflict.
Another 13 trucks are on their way to nearby Sabir Al Mawadim district and will be distributed among another 500 families. In Mashra’a Wa Hadnan the situation is now calm and some displaced families have been returning to their homes, while fighting persists on the eastern part of Sabir Al Mawadim.
“The two districts host over 7,500 displaced people. It is the first time that assistance has been delivered there using the direct route from Aden,” said UNHCR Representative in Yemen Johannes van der Klaauw. “The wider governorate of Taizz hosts 555,048 internally displaced people, the biggest concentration in the country and equal to almost a quarter of the 2.4 million total Yemen-wide,” he added.
These aids come within the support provided by Riyadh-based King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid, which distributed 4000 food baskets last week to the affected people in “Sabr el-Mawadem” Directorate of Yemeni governorate in Taiz.
This came within the distribution’s project of 100,000 food baskets to the affected in Taiz. The project is considered as one of the most important projects being carried out by the Center in the governorate.