Millions in Yemen starving as political deadlock continues

Yemeni family receiving WFP food assistance WFP/Atheer Najim

Political instability and rising food prices are causing millions of people in Yemen to go hungry.

That's the warning being given by the World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday.

The situation is being described as “dire” with malnutrition rates among children exceeding 50 per cent.

And the price of basic commodities like bread has doubled in the last six months.

Meanwhile, WFP is assisting over 70,000 people who have fled their homes, due to fighting in the south, as well as half a million others displaced due to the 7-year long civil war in the north.

WFP's Abeer Etefa describes the challenges the Agency is facing in Yemen.

“The first one is the political instability and the security situation which is affecting most of the country. We have issues in reaching the severely impacted areas with food insecurity. We do have access but it's just getting to some of the areas like Saba in the north is an issue. The other big challenge is donor support. WFP operations this year in Yemen was only 65 per cent funded. We need to step up and scale up our efforts for next year.”

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