Hungry People In Yemen Eat Rubbish As Civil War Continues

PHOTOGRAPH: Twitter/Alfred Zamudio | 14 million people in Yemen are going hungry as the country goes into its third year in Civil War. Photo Credit: Twitter/Alfred Zamudio

The number of affected people continues to increase as Civil War reached its third year.  Hungry people in Yemen now eat rubbish to get through.  Yemen is one of Arab’s poorest country.  The World Food Programme estimates in their report that around 14 million Yemenis are food insecure.  Half of them are even classified as severely food insecure.

Al Jazeera reported that according to Yemeni economist Ahmed Shamakh thought that the war contributes to a severe famine in the country.  Shamakh said that the country ceased to develop because of the war.  Businesses also shut down.  The conflict affected the country’s economic development and largely contributes to Yemen’s current food situation.

Yemen imports 90 percent of its food products from abroad before the war started.  The conflict greatly disrupted the importation process for the country.  The economic situation further affected most Yemeni families when the country’s internationally recognized government transferred the Central Bank of Yemen from Houthi-held Sanaa to Aden.

The move had affected all state employees.  Most Yemenis had already lost their daily jobs. Hungry people scavenged for leftovers found at restaurants in order to survive.  The Yemeni economist also added that if the situation does not change, food insecurity for Yemen will also worsen.  It will lead to more security imbalances such as robbery in both public and private properties.

Humanitarian crisis continues in Yemen

It is a difficult time for Yemeni families especially on food.  The humanitarian crisis triggered some local initiatives in order to help the poorest of the poor in Yemen. A youth program called The Hand in Hand in Sanaa initiated a food aid distribution in coordination with local restaurants.

Abdulfatah al-Hamadi, the head of Hand in Hand said that the program had already helped
hundreds of hungry families in Sanaa.  Sadly, some families decline the aid that Hand in Hand offers. Others are willing to die than to accept help. The war had torn the lives of many Yemenis who longed to get their lives to normal.

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