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Press release

Yemen

Five million Yemenis are expected to be one step closer to famine in the next six months if no additional aid is provided

These numbers are likely to increase in the first half of 2021 when more than half of Yemen’s population move into crisis levels of food insecurity. The number of those facing famine could almost triple, according to estimations.

The prolonged conflict  has driven food insecurity to extreme levels. More and more people are being uprooted due to intensifying violence in parts of the country as unemployment rates continue to soar. Food prices are increasingly out of the reach for  large parts of the population due to the continuous depreciation of the Yemeni Riyal.

At the same time severe humanitarian funding cuts are resulting in the reduction of live-saving food assistance and malnutrition services. All of this has created fertile ground for widespread food insecurity among the Yemeni population.

Today’s analysis indicates that the numbers of people in such emergency food insecurity situation will increase from 3.6 million to 5 million people within the next six months.

The international organisations, Save the Children, Care International, Norwegian Refugee Council, and Action contre la Faim/Action Against Hunger (ACF) said that there is still time to avert this catastrophic scenario but only if all parties to the conflict immediately implement a nation-wide ceasefire and return to the negotiation table and humanitarian aid is scaled up as soon as possible. In this time of crisis, the international community should immediately step up their financial support before it’s too late.

 

Signatories : 

  1. Action contre la Faim/Action Against Hunger (ACF)
  2. Care International
  3. Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
  4. Save the Children

 


1http://www.ipcinfo.org/ipc-country-analysis/details-map/en/c/1152947/?iso3=YEM

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