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Food insecurity increases in Yemen
09 May 2012
Aid worker assists a refugee
Food insecurity in Yemen has reached alarming levels and has doubled in two years. 10 million people (44% of the population) are food insecure.
Food insecurity in Yemen has reached alarming levels and has doubled in
two years. 10 million people (44% of the population) are food insecure.
The Al Bayda Governorate has the highest level of food insecurity, where
the level has reached over 60%.
The basic humanitarian needs are food. The most affected groups are
rural children, female-headed households and returnees. There is 32%
acute malnutrition among children under 5 in Hodeida, and 967,000
children under 5 suffering global acute malnutrition.
Outbreaks of cholera and diarrhea are expected to again increase with
summer. Measles is threatening to become the number one killer of small
children and Polio virus incidents are increasing due to low vaccination
There is a lack of affordable and clean water causing malnutrition, and
diseases because of poor hygiene practices. The humanitarian need in
Yemen is reaching the same scale as the Horn of Africa, threatening the
Islamic Relief aims to cover nearly 2 million people with systematic
food distribution in the six areas most affected. It is providing a
protection operation for internally displaced people, such as camp
management and food distribution. It is initiating a new operation in
Hudaidah where malnutrition has affected people the most, providing
basic health service delivery, emergency nutrition and food security.
Urgent funding is required for these projects.