No assessment has been carried out of how a “brutal” 60 per cent aid cut will hit the most vulnerable people in Yemen, the government has admitted.
MPs demanded to know what the impact would be on displaced people, women and the disabled – as the war-torn country continues to suffer the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
But Chris Bold, the development director for Yemen at the Foreign Office, admitted: “We haven’t done an impact assessment.”
James Cleverly, a minister at the department, admitted the cut was being forced through – without the promised vote by MPs – while “the fear of famine, the risk of famine is significant”.
Yemen was also in the grip of a “second wave” of Covid-19, he acknowledged, adding: “Infection numbers look if they are doubling since the beginning of the year.”