Benomar presents grim report to UN
Benomar said in a statement for journalists that President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi’s efforts against Ansar Al-Sharia have resulted in tremendous achievements in Abyan.
Regarding the humanitarian situation in Yemen, Benomar said the lack of food security and the malnutrition rate in Yemen are considered some of the worst in the world. About ten million people in the Yemen lack food security and about another million suffer from serious malnutrition.
He noted that only half of the necessary funding has been pledged to address the humanitarian demands to support Yemen. About $340 million is needed to cover the increasing humanitarian needs.
Benomar also expressed concern about obstructions to power transition in Yemen, noting that U.N. Resolution 2051 stipulates that whoever hinders power transition in Yemen must be prosecuted.
Adnan Hashim, a political analyst, suggested that Benomar had a particularly negative view of the situation in Yemen because he talks more with sheikhs than state institutions.
“The problem in Yemen isn’t an economic or political. It is a problem of leadership that political parties, tribes and government facilities lack. There are no real leaders inside state facilities except for a few people but they are under control of tribesmen,” he said.
He finally noted that the former regime had made tribes stronger than the state.