The United Nations today released a new study showing the extent of food depreviation in Yemen, which paints a bleak picture of a country once-again facing the spectre of famine, while humanitarian organizations struggle to secure funding to meet the growing crisis.
“This latest analysis shows what aid workers have known for some time” Jon Cunliffe, Middle East Regional Director for Action Against Hunger, said.
“Yemen is going backwards and the threat of famine once again looms large. Hunger levels are exploding, conflict is intensifying, and unkept financial promises mean that life-saving services are being cut, despite the overwhelming need.
“How would you tell a mother who has fled the fighting that you will no longer be able to deliver the water that her family lies on for survival? Imagine saying this to an estimated 50,000 people.
“This isn’t hypothetical, but just one example of a program we may be forced to close at the end of the year because the UN and aid agencies aren’t receiving the financial support we need.
Action Against Hunger is the world’s hunger specialist and leader in a global movement that aims to end life-threatening hunger for good within our lifetimes. For more than 40 years, the organization has been on the front lines, treating and preventing hunger across nearly 50 countries.
“This report must be a wake-up call to global leaders.” continues Jon. “The world needs a better way to deal with hunger. The current approach isn’t working and they must do everything in their power to secure a ceasefire and plug this financial gap.
“Without concerted diplomatic pressure and an increase in funding, Yemen will continue its slow march towards famine.”
In 2019, Action Against Hunger supported more than 17 million people across 46 countries and since the pandemic, the need for their support has only grown larger.
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You also donate directly to the Yemen Appeal . £30 could provide six displaced families with enough soap to keep themselves clean and safe for a month.