Yemen: crippled by hunger and war


Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 27 October 2016| 25 Muharram 1438

Even before the start of the latest civil war, Yemen was one of the poorest countries in the world. Now, hunger is crippling a whole generation. The poorest country on the Arabian peninsula has suffered nearly two years of fighting between a Saudi-led Arab coalition and the Iran-allied Houthi movement, already costing ten thousand lives. Now the UN says much of the country is on the brink of famine.

The World Food Programme has warned of a worsening food crisis in war-wracked Yemen, saying the 19-month conflict has increased hunger and malnutrition.

The WFP issued its statement on Tuesday after visiting impoverished neighbourhoods and hospitals in the western province of Hajjah and the coastal province of Hodeida.

“Hunger is increasing every day and people have exhausted all their survival strategies,” said Muhannad Hadi, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe. He said millions of people could not “survive without external assistance”.

The conflict in Yemen escalated when Houthi rebels took control of the capital and much of the northern region, prompting a Saudi-led coalition to intervene in March last year to restore the internationally-recognised government of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Below are some pics of the reality in Yemen. May Allah grant affiyah to the oppressed people of Yemen, Syria and Gaza. Ameen.

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