United Nations warns of renewed risk of famine in Yemen

Greta Gamberini, International Affairs Officer

The civil war in Yemen, ongoing since 2015, has put the country at risk of its worse crisis to date.

The fighting, which has caused more than one million people to become internally displaced and at heightened risk of cholera outbreaks, shortages of medicines and famine, continues to escalate. On 28 July, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, called for a scaling up of funding and operations. He added that without a steep increase in the money dedicated to aid relief operations in Yemen the country will face its worst levels of hunger.

The urgent call is backed by the World Food Program (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UNICEF, which predict that the percentage of population facing acute food insecurity will rise from 25% to 40% by the end of 2020.

Yemen already has a poverty rate of 50%. Entering its sixth year of conflict, while the pandemic continues and several countries cut aid funding to the region, 360,000 severely malnourished children could die unless donors start working together to seriously scale-up aid to the ravaged country.

Read more about the crisis in Yemen here:
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/jul/22/open-your-eyes-yemen-on-brink-of-famine-again-un-agencies-warn