This week, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) traveled with the heads of UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) to survey emergency operations in Yemen, a country plagued by conflict, a cholera outbreak and a looming famine.
Right now two-thirds of the population doesn’t know where their next meal will come from and 395,000 children are severely malnourished.
Together with WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, WFP Executive Director David Beasley witnessed children in a hospital whose bodies were so weak from malnutrition and fatigue that they could barely gather the strength to breathe.
This malnourished population is now more susceptible to the country’s deadly cholera epidemic. And vital health and water infrastructure are in ruins — making fighting off the waterborne bacteria that much more difficult.