· A daily nightmare for more than 18 million people ·
More than 18 million people are starving in Yemen. A report issued by the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) has stated in no uncertain terms that this is the most serious food crisis in the world at this time. If the situation persists, the agency estimates that another 3.5 million will soon be starving as well.
Due to the war and the worsening economic crisis, two out of five Yemenis do not know where their next meal will come from. Between 2017 and 2018, the number of persons starving in this country increased by 25%. The WFP maintains that if a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Yemen is not found, the nightmare of this famine will worsen, and the Yemeni people will be unable to survive. The WFP is asking the international community to intervene.
The UN has always ranked Yemen among the poorest countries in the world and the bloody conflict that has been going on for almost three years has only made the situation worse. Yemen’s currency has lost 180% of its value in these three years while the cost of food products has risen 35% in the last twelve months. This prevents many families from eating properly.
Last September, the World Food Programme provided an emergency food distribution to 225,000 inhabitants of the port city of Hodeidah, where in recent months the conflict has intensified. Approximately 570,000 people have fled the city because of the fighting between the government military and the Houthi rebels. In the past, about 80% of humanitarian aid and goods transited through this port. Now, it is closed.
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