More than 8 million Yemenis face famine
March 26, 2018 -- As Yemen enters its fourth year of conflict 8.4 million people are “a step away from famine,” according to the United Nations.
The UN Security Council warned earlier this month that conditions in Yemen are deteriorating, with 22.2 million of the country’s total population of 27.6 million now in need of humanitarian assistance.
Yemen’s rebel-held port of Hudaydah, a lifeline for the war-ravaged country dependent on food imports, remains closed three months after the Saudi-led coalition claimed to have lifted its long-running blockade.
“Hudaydah should be supporting more than 20 million Yemenis. It should be the source of at least 70 percent of all imports to Yemen,” Suze van Meegen, an adviser with the Norwegian Refugee Council, told AFP. “Instead it’s like a wasteland.”