Yemen conflict: Country on brink of famine, says UN official

20 Aug 2015   Yemen

More than 21 million people in Yemen are in need of help, according to the UN Months of conflict in Yemen has pushed the country to the brink of famine, according to a top United Nations official. Ertharin Cousin, head of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), said markets in the country do not have enough food to feed the population. Aid agencies are also unable to reach areas of need because of the ongoing violence, she added. The WFP estimates that nearly 13 million people urgently require help. The conflict has involved Houthi rebel fighters clashing in many places with forces loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and its allies. ‘Perfect storm’ Ms Cousin, who was speaking in Cairo after a three-day trip to Yemen, said fighting around the major ports is stalling deliveries of aid. She said Yemen faced the “perfect storm” because those people most in […]

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