The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) on Wednesday announced that it was “running out of funds” to continue to provide food assistance to 13 million people in Yemen.
“From January (2022), 8 million will receive a reduced food ration, while five million at immediate risk of slipping into famine conditions will remain on a full ration,” WFP said in a statement.
WFP lamented that the decision comes at “the worst possible time for families in Yemen” when inadequate food consumption in the war-torn country was on the rise — affecting half of all families — due to a dire economic situation.
Food prices have more than doubled across much of Yemen this year while fighting across multiple frontlines continues to force families to flee.
“Every time we reduce the amount of food, we know that more people who are already hungry and food insecure will join the ranks of the millions who are starving,” said Corinne Fleischer, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
Fleischer added that the Yemeni people “are now more vulnerable” than ever, reeling from relentless conflict and the deepening economic crisis that has pushed millions into destitution.
Over half the population of Yemen or 16.2 million people face acute hunger, which puts half the children under five (2.3 million) at risk of malnutrition.
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