WFP warns Yemen gradually slipping into rsk of famine
Dec 5, OSLO: Yemen is running out of food supplies and the country could slip into risk of famine, the World Food Programme has warned.
Ten out of Yemen's 22 governorates were now classified as facing food insecurity at "emergency" levels, which is one step below famine, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.
"Clearly, Yemen is one of the hardest places in the world today to work - massive security concerns, escalation in the fighting, and the violence across the country," Matthew Hollingworth, WFP's deputy regional director, said in the capital, Sanaa.
The 2016 Humanitarian Needs Overview of UN revealed that 14.4 million people of the country's 23 million are food insecure, struggling to get enough food to live a healthy life. That includes 7.6 million people in desperate need of food assistance.
"We are doing well, we are improving our reach and getting to more people every month, but clearly with half of the country now just one step away from famine, we need the international community to really come behind us and support us, particularly over the next few months," Hollingworth added.
Yemen has been thrown into cauldron of chaos after an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia began conducting airstrikes since March in an effort to curb the expansion of the country's Houthi rebels, who have fought government forces for control of the country.
The conflict has sparked a massive humanitarian crisis. More than 1.5 million people have been displaced, and many more are struggling to access the basic necessities, including food, water and fuel.
The Oslo Times