Yemen could be worst famine in 100 years

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 18, 2018

The UN also condemned an attack on passenger buses that killed at least 15 civilians and injured 20 others in Jabal Ras district on Saturday.

"Many of us had the confidence that that would never happen again and yet the reality is that in Yemen that is precisely what we are looking at".

"Since June, some 570,000 households have had to flee their homes from fighting in Hodeidah, while the Yemeni riyal has undergone an alarming depreciation, and the cost of basic food items has gone up by a third since this time previous year", WFP Yemen country director Stephen Anderson told CNN. "Belligerents must do everything possible to protect civilians - not hurt, maim, injure, or kill them".

"There is no question that we should be ashamed".

The WFP said 18 million people in Yemen already do not know where their next meal is coming from and eight million of those are "considered on the brink of starvation".

Over eight million people are already considered to be on the brink of starvation in Yemen, he said, adding that the situation was being exacerbated by sky-rocketing food prices, which have soared by a third in the past year alone. "Only peace will save Yemeni children".

As the war rages, especially around the major port city of Hudaydah, and the economic situation deteriorates, the WFP said it feared millions struggling to make ends meet in the poorest Arab country would succumb to severe hunger and disease.

WFP is in the process of scaling up its activities in Yemen to provide emergency food assistance to some eight million of the country's hungriest people each month, Verhoosel said.

Tearfund's Middle East response director, Kieren Barnes, said on Wednesday that the Yemen crisis must not be forgotten. "Our partners are Yemenis themselves and are working tirelessly, committed to serving their communities and supporting the most vulnerable".

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