Food Finally Arrives at Ports in Hunger-Stricken Yemen

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WFP-chartered Amazon arrives at the Al Salif port in Yemen

Last week, we got a rare glimpse at one of the world’s worst hunger crises — Yemen — where a humanitarian blockade had restricted access for lifesaving supplies of food and medicine.

Last night, for the first time in three weeks, a ship carrying 55 million pounds of wheat grain from the World Food Programme (WFP) was able to dock at Al Salif port. Over the weekend, WFP-operated air services to Sana’a resumed with the agency operating two daily flights until the end of the month.

“The WFP team in Yemen is feeling extremely relieved that the blockade has eased,” says WFP Yemen Country Director Stephen Anderson. “With flights now resuming as well as humanitarian and commercial vessels also getting clearance to come in, more WFP teams and food supplies can enter Yemen to sustain our support to the seven million people already closest to the edge.”

The humanitarian situation is extremely fragile, and disruption to the pipeline of critical supplies risks bringing millions closer to starvation and death. WFP calls for unimpeded access to reach those most in need and prevent famine. According to the Famine Early Warning System and Network, famine is likely within the next three to four months if key ports remain closed.

Right now, 17 million people across Yemen — two-thirds of the population — don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

WFP has more than doubled the number of people reached by food assistance to some seven million each month. But financial constraints mean that only half are even receiving full rations. The success of this operation hinges on both access and immediate resources from donors like you.

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