DUBAI, 20 December 2011 (IRIN) – Aid workers in Yemen, the Middle East’s poorest country, appear to have made some headway in broadening the mainstream narrative to include the deepening humanitarian crisis.
At a press conference in Dubai on 18 December, heads of UN aid agencies appealed to the media to better cover humanitarian needs which the UN says will continue to rise well into 2012, affecting more than eight million people.
“Whenever you hear about Yemen, it’s always about security matters, anti-terrorism, Arab Spring, youth movement… Tagging onto that has been the fighting and the political concerns,” the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, Jens Toyberg-Frandzen, told IRIN. “It isn’t the humanitarian that gets the headline.”
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