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International donors on 4 September pledged $6.4bn in financial aid for Yemen to provide short-term relief for the troubled state. It is trying to emerge from months of political upheaval triggered by last year’s Arab Spring. Neglected for decades by former president Ali ‘Abd Allah Salih, the country’s economy was already in bad shape prior to the Arab Spring-related issues. But the recent unrest ultimately helped send the country’s economy into free-fall.
“More than 10 million Yemenis sleep and wake up in the morning without [knowing if] they will have enough food for the day,” UN resident coordinator for Yemen Ismail Oueld al-Sheikh Ahmad said at the two-day ‘Friends of Yemen’ donors’ conference in Riyadh.
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