Hunger And Hopelessness In Yemen.
In Yemen today, 1 in 5 children are severely malnourished, according to U.N. reports. The five-year-old civil war has caused the country to plunge deeper into poverty. The famine has been compounded by Covid-19, floods and locusts swarms making Yemen the worst humanitarian disaster in modern history.
"Yemen is now in imminent danger of the worst famine the world has seen for decades," warned António Guterres, secretary-general of the U.N., in a statement last month. "In the absence of immediate action, millions of lives may be lost."
In fact, 80% of Yemenis depend on aid. With the war restricting the flow assistance, it's often not enough to avert tragedy. "The famine already exists," says Dr. Abdelmalek Mohammed, who sees only a couple of beds free in the feeding ward where he works — for now. "It has gotten worse to the point it has become out of control."