Looming Yemen famine 13 million risk death and starvation.
The warning was issued by Lise Grande on the BBC.
She is the United Nations coordinator for Yemen.
And the UN is warning it could the worst famine in 100 years.
So what’s the reason for this impending doomsday scenario?
Fighting between Saudi-backed government forces and Houthi rebels.
The fighting has resulted in food aid shipment not getting through.
“Many of us had confidence that it would never happen again.
Looming Yemen Famine 13 Million Risk Death
“But the reality is that in Yemen, that’s precisely what we’re looking at. We predict that we could be looking at 12 to 13 million innocent civilians who are at risk of dying from a lack of food.”
She was referring to the fact that millions died from starvation in Ethiopia in the 1980s and in the Soviet Union in the 1930s.
And aside from food aid shipments not reaching Yemen there is an added serious problem.
Lack of food already is rampant. More than 22 million Yemenis suffer from malnutrition.
It is estimated that anywhere from eight to 10 million Yemenis go hungry daily.
And the country’s four-year civil war has killed between 10,000 to 50,000 people.
Also more than two million people have been displaced.
Precise figures are hard to come by because of the fighting.
“Things are deteriorating very, very quickly. The implications of this are enormous, and, truthfully, frightening. The reality is that time may be running out,” Grande says.
One of the fastest and most effective ways of helping destitute families is to give them cash. This allows them to buy what they need, when they need it. Humanitarians are looking at ways to expand cash programmes as quickly as possible.”
Yemen was plunged into civil war in 2015.
It happened after the Houthi rebels backed by Iran seized control of most of the country, including the capital, Sana’a.
That in turn got Saudi Arabia involved.
It launched an air campaign aimed at restoring the government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi with support from the U.S. U.K. and France.
And you can help the famine relief in Yemen.