First Minister Carwyn Jones makes video appeal

Wales First Minister Carwyn Jones has lent his support to a major appeal launched today (Tuesday) by the Disasters Emergency Committee to help people facing hunger in Yemen.

A video making a heartfelt plea to the people of Wales has been released on social media today. It can be found here – bit.ly/FMYemen

Twenty months of war have brought Yemen, already one of the poorest countries in the world, to breaking point. More than 7 million people in Yemen do not know where their next meal will come from and children are dying from malnutrition.

In the midst of conflict, DEC member charities are reaching millions of people across the country with lifesaving aid, such as food, treatment for malnutrition and cash, but much more needs to be done to reach those in dire need.

Speaking in support of the appeal, First Minister Carwyn Jones said:

“Today in Yemen, people are in urgent need of help.  Children are dying of malnutrition and millions of people do not know where their next meal is coming from. 

“Despite the conflict, lifesaving humanitarian aid such as food, water and medical supplies is still being provided.  But more donations are urgently needed to prevent thousands more lives being lost.”

To make a donation to the DEC Yemen Crisis Appeal visit www.dec.org.uk, call the 24-hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900, donate over the counter at any high street bank or post office, or send a cheque. You can also donate £5 by texting the word ASSIST to 70000.

Stay up to date with developments in Yemen, the emergency response and the fundraising efforts with the DEC on twitter: http://twitter.com/deccymru or on Facebook via http://www.facebook.com/DECCymru or use the hashtag #YemenCrisis

 

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