Some 17 million of Yemen’s 26 million people lack sufficient food and at least three million malnourished children are in “grave peril”.
The severe food security crisis in Yemen needs not just an immediate humanitarian response, but also a long-term political solution in ensuring an adequately funded recovery plan.
Some 6.7 million people in Yemen are classified in phase 4 on an international scale of food security, with phase 5 constituting a famine.
Many observers feel outraged about the international community’s seeming indifference when it comes to African famine deaths.
Some 110 people have died in southern Somalia in the last two days from famine and diarrhoea due to a drought that is causing widespread food shortage.
Nearly half of South Sudan’s population could be severely food insecure and at risk of death in the coming months because of the avoidable acts of civil war in a land of plenty.
Wars in Yemen, northeastern Nigeria and South Sudan have devastated households and driven up prices, while a drought in East Africa has ruined the agricultural economy.
The UN has said the economy is close to collapse and many areas are at risk of famine, a word the agency uses sparingly and only when certain criteria have been met.