UN’s Yemen Humanitarian Chief in Washington

UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Republic of Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, spent the week in Washington D.C. raising awareness of the more than two year old humanitarian crisis consuming the country. Seventeen million people in Yemen – approximately 60 percent of the country’s total population – are food insecure. Nearly 3 million people are considered internally displaced persons, half a million suspected cholera cases were reported at the end of August, and cities damaged from airstrikes nearly two years ago have yet to be rebuilt.


While in Washington, McGoldrick met with members of congress, NGOs, and the media. During his interview with PBS, McGoldrick summarized what is happening in Yemen and emphasized major challenges that he faces in the area. He also spoke with reporters from the Guardian, NPR, and ITV, and participated in a roundtable discussion at the Center for Global Development.

“The greatest challenge is to get media attention and get the world’s attention to the suffering of Yemen.” – Jamie McGoldrick, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen

Before arriving in Washington the Humanitarian Coordinator was in New York for the opening of the UN General Assembly.  At the annual meeting he urged world leaders and UN officials to help garner political will and commitment to end the country’s conflict. 


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You can watch the full PBS Newshour interview

Interview with NPR

Jamie McGoldrick is interviewed by NPR's Michele Kelemen


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