Hunger.. another killer stalking millions of people in Yemen

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2020-07-12 | Since 1 Month

Yemeni malnourished child in time of Yemen's war

Sana'a (Debriefer) - Survival chances seem limited before Yemenis, as large numbers are feared to join lists of people killed by war or epidemics, yet the risk of hunger stirs UN warnings against its impacts on Yemenis.

More than half of the Yemeni people need food assistances to keep survive, the International Committee of Red Cross tweeted on Saturday.

66 percent of the war-torn country's population has no food, 11 percent suffers acute malnutrition, 64 percent lacks health care, and 58 percent needs clean water, the ICRC added.

Earlier on Saturday, the United Nations warned of a famine in Yemen in the coming weeks, if immediate funding is not obtained for its relief programs in the country.

The situation in Yemen cannot be waited, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) tweeted. "Millions of lives should be saved in Yemen, and we should act now.

Ten million people are facing acute shortage in food due to military escalation, lockdown, restrictions and Covid-19, WFP spokeswoman told reporters in Geneva.

Some 20 million people in Yemen suffer food insecurity and 13 million receive food assistance, including all children under 2 years old and pregnant and sucking mothers, Elizabeth Byrs added.

According to the United Nations, assistances provided by the WFP in Yemen have doubled 12 times since the war outbreak 5 years ago.

Yemen and its 30 million people have been plagued by a war pitting the internationally-recognized, Saudi-backed government against the Iranian-backed Houthi group, triggering what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.


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