Over 16m People Facing Acute Food Insecurity in Yemen

A humanitarian agency said Friday that at least 16.2 million people are facing “inadequate food” problems in Yemen due to an unprecedented global hunger crisis around the world.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said that despite protracted conflict, droughts, COVID-19, and other disease, Yemen did not attract adequate support from donors for years.

“I’m extremely heartbroken at the devastating level of hunger and severe malnutrition of babies, children, and women in Yemen,” IFRC Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Dr. Hossam Elsharkawi.

Elsharkawi said he visited Yemen capital city, Sanaa and governorates of Aden, Amran, and Lahj last week, where he witnessed the needs for nutritional supplements and medicine, and the many cases of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

“As I looked in the eyes of those suffering mothers and children, I was at a loss for words. This is plain wrong and unnecessary suffering for innocent civilians,” Elsharkawi added.

IFRC said there is already a reduction in funds to support 20.7 needy people in Yemen, including to provide them with potable water, and healthcare as well as food and nutrition.

Elsharkawi also met with the IFRC delegation in Yemen and volunteers as well as Yemeni officials around Sanaa, Aden, and Lahj to discuss the humanitarian response gaps as well as the programs supported by the IFRC.

Elsharkawi saluted the extraordinary efforts of the thousands of dedicated staff and volunteers of the Yemen Red Crescent who are working tirelessly on the front lines to support the people in need and to preserve their dignity despite the complex situation.

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