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UN agency was forced to cut food aid to Yemen

UN agency says to cut food aid to Yemen for want of funds

Key Takeaway:

  • The World Food Programme said it was “forced” to cut support to Yemen due to lack of funds and warned of a gush in hunger in a war-torn country. 
  • The fighting has killed tens of thousands, replaced millions, and left 80 percent of Yemenis dependent on support.

On Wednesday, the World Food Programme said it was “forced” to cut support to Yemen due to lack of funds and warned of a gush in hunger in a war-torn country. 

The fighting has killed tens of thousands, replaced millions. Image: malaymail

“From January, eight million would receive a reduced food ration, while five million at immediate risk of slipping into famine conditions will remain on a full ration,” the UN agency said in a statement, adding that it was “running out of funds.” 

Yemen has been demolished by a civil war between the Iran-backed Huthi rebels and the Saudi-backed government since 2014, and millions of civilians are on the edge of famine.

The fighting has killed tens of thousands, replaced millions, and left 80 percent of Yemenis dependent on support.

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“Each time we reduce the amount of food, we know that many people who are hungry and food insecure would join the ranks of the millions who are starving,” said WFP Middle East and North Africa director Corinne Fleischer as per the statement. 

“But desperate times call for measures, and we have to stretch our limited resources and prioritize, focusing on people who are in the very critical state.”

WFP stated that it needs $813 million to help the most vulnerable in Yemen through May and $1.97 billion during 2022 to continue to deliver food assistance to families on the brink of famine.

Source-CTV News

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