Hunger in Yemen

Food shortages still a challenge

When President Anwar Khan said with all his heart, “They asked me when I was coming back. Yemeni hospitality is amazing, Mashallah. I am not sure, but if I am needed I would love to come back. My focus now is not going back, but to let people know what is going on, to be a voice for those whose cries we cannot hear” we knew that the struggle to provide every inch of support to the beautiful people of Yemen possible would require the best from us. However the outpouring of help and compassion built medical facilities, cured cholera for thousands, and made water no longer a resource merely hoped for. Even with all the strides made, the day-to-day situation for millions requires more of us going above and beyond.

You can’t wait

Acute malnutrition among children and young mothers in Yemen has increased within each year of conflict with a significant deterioration during 2020 driven by high rates of disease, such as diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, cholera, and rising rates of food insecurity. Nearly 2.3 million children under the age of 5 in Yemen are projected to suffer from acute malnutrition in 2021. Of these, up to 400,000 are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition and could die if they do not receive urgent treatment.

Rapid Response and Lasting Impact

Years of armed conflict, economic decline, the COVID-19 pandemic are pushing exhausted people to the brink. To address this heavy burden placed on the shoulders of the people of Yemen we are beginning an immediate 2 year phase of critical support measures. This response will include aid such as 2 year response plan will include the provision of food, provision of medicines and medical supplies to health facilities and health incentives for workers. With commitment and compassion we can all work to help them survive.

Tariq is part of the Communications & External Relations team at Islamic Relief USA.

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