Abu Dhabi: The UAE provided $5.59 billion in foreign assistance to Yemen between April 2015 and June 2019, which was used to help rebuild various sectors in the country, including vital infrastructure and to restore health and social services.

In data obtained by WAM from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, a breakdown of the aid shows that 66 per cent of the amount went towards development ventures and 34 per cent to humanitarian relief. The breakdown includes 15 per cent towards commodity aid, 9 per cent for energy generation and supply, 53 per cent for general programme assistance, 11 per cent towards health services, 4 per cent to government and civil society, and 3 per cent for social services.

The data also revealed that much of the assistance was channelled through international organisations such as the WFP, Unicef, the WHO, the UNHCR and the ICRC.

The donations reached 22 Yemeni governorates, including Hodeida, Taiz, Aden and Hadramaut, and helped 17.2 million Yemenis – 11.2 million children and 3.3 million women. The funds also helped 11.4 million Yemenis find access to healthcare, 16.3 million people receive food, and 1.8 million boys and girls get an education. The money also saw the rehabilitation of three airports and three seaports in Aden, Al Mukalla and Socotra.