U.N. warning regarding food crisis in Yemen
The United Nations Food Program (WFP) warned that an increase in food prices, political uncertainty and fuel shortages are causing a serious humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
A report released by the WFP’s regional bureau in Cairo says that rising food prices and political instability have left millions of people in Yemen hungry and vulnerable. Many women and children are facing malnutrition.
Food prices in Yemen have risen dramatically since the beginning of this year, with the price of bread doubling in the past six months.
A recent WFP assessment revealed that an increasing number of people are unable to meet their basic food needs, placing families, especially children, at risk of malnutrition. Even before the crisis, more than 50 per cent of Yemeni children were chronically malnourished and more than 13 per cent were acutely malnourished.
The agency said it would scale up its programs in the country to feed 3.5 million people affected by the crisis, particularly those who have been displaced in the northern and southern regions of the country.
The program already assists the 70 thousand people who fled their home towns due to the volatile security situation in the south and another half a million refugees and displaced people in the north as a result of the 7-year conflict in Seeda city. (Source: www.yallafinance.com)