Close to half of Yemen's population hungry or "on edge of hunger"

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A young refugee child exiled into Yemen from fierce fighting in Mogadishu Somalia. : UN Photo/Philip Behan

Almost half of the population in Yemen is either hungry or on the edge of hunger, the World Food Programme (WFP) announced on Friday.

Out of those ten million people, four and a half million were found to be severely food insecure.

This means that they require food aid because they are unable to find enough to eat on a daily basis.

And some five million are in danger of slipping into severe food insecurity.

Yemen is particularly vulnerable to international rises in food prices as it imports up to 90 per cent of its main staple foods, including wheat and sugar.

Furthermore, security is a major concern, restricting movements of WFP staff.

The situation in Yemen is characterized by large-scale displacement, political instability, endemic poverty, a break down in social services and refugee influxes.

A hundred and seventeen and a half million dollars is needed to cover WFP operations until December.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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