The current level of hunger in Yemen is unprecedented and causing severe hardship for millions of people. Now, almost 18 million people in the country are food insecure, meaning they do not have enough food. Of these, more than 8 million are severely food insecure and rely entirely on external assistance. The rate of child malnutrition is one of the highest in the world.
Wafaa's family struggles to provide the bare necessities for their brood of five children The majority of Yemenis do not have access to clean water. In a country where the humanitarian situation is extremely fragile due to lack of food and clean water, people are often not strong enough to fight diseases such as cholera.
“I called my daughter Domoaa. It means “tears” in Arabic. Because I cry every day for the pain and suffering we go through just to get food." Hossn is a 24 years old mother of three. They live in Sana’a, Yemen. “My ultimate goal in life has became just to be able to feed my children. Finding flour, wood and leaves to set the fire...”
3 month-old Jabar in a malnutrition ward, Yemen. In 2019, WFP aims to provide 12 million people with food and nutrition assistance with 100% rations across Yemen.
Maika lives in Yemen too, and she’s the head nurse at Aslem Health Center. Despite the conflict around her, Maika and dozens of nurses like her work around the clock – overwhelmed, understaffed and often unpaid – to save the lives of dying children. Her perseverance is unshakable. “Hunger doesn’t differentiate between children,” Maika says. “We work out of our obligation to save lives and preserve the future of Yemen.”
Yemen is home to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and to this woman who spends her days baking the simplest of breads for her family. Bread has become their primary source of nutrition since conflict caused food prices to skyrocket. Limited diets like these leave women and girls especially vulnerable to malnutrition. In women of reproductive age, one-third have anemia – a diet-related iron deficiency that can cause organ damage if left untreated.
According to two new reports , the reason is clear: Man-made conflict is the #1 driver of hunger on the planet.
“We need $175 million just for the next three months to keep people alive,” says Beasley.
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