Food crisis hits Yemen

May 23rd, 2012 by | No Comment |

According to a report, nearly 45% of the Yemeni people don’t have enough food for survival


This report was conducted by OXFAM, CARE and Save the Children. According to an estimate, about 22 million people in the country suffer from malnutrition whereas five million are in dire need of emergency aid.


In a country where almost 48% of the population is under 15, one in three children suffers from severe malnutrition. According to UNICEF, more than 267,000 children could die due to severe malnutrition. And a quarter of Yemenis are under debt.


“Unless an emergency humanitarian mission is established, Yemen will plunge into a food crisis of catastrophic proportions,” says director of Save the Children in Yemen, Jerry Farrell.


Humanitarians want to take advantage of the conference of "Friends of Yemen", held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia , to call on the leaders to "intensify efforts" to help the Yemeni population, and try to avoid a
catastrophic humanitarian crisis " ".


Though food is available in local markets, in much of the territory, the locals are unable to feed their families properly due to high prices and a severe economic crisis.


“Yemeni families have exhausted all their resources to survive the crisis,” according to Penny Lawrence who is the international director of OXFAM.


 


 


 

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