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The United States provides $10 million in food aid to communities in northern governorates

June 19, 2011

The U.S. Embassy announces the arrival of $10 million worth of food aid in Yemen, provided by the American people through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to the World Food Program.  The food items, including flour, beans, and vegetable oil, will contribute to the support of 416,000 people in Sa'adah and Harad in Hajjah.

The 6300 metric tons of food commodities will contribute to the World Food Program's "Emergency Food Assistance to Conflict-Affected Persons in Northern Yemen" operation - a program intended to address the food security needs of some 300,000 internally displaced and over 100,000 war-affected persons in Yemen's northern governorates.

So far this year, the U.S. Embassy has overseen the allocation of approximately $35 million dollars to Yemen for emergency and humanitarian projects.  In addition to food assistance, the USG is providing emergency medical support, shelter, and water and sanitation supplies to needy recipients throughout the country, including those recently displaced from Zinjibar, in partnership with local and international organizations.  U.S. Embassy staff remain in country to provide additional support when needed.