News / Middle East

WFP: Yemen Suffers Severe Food Shortages

FILE - A man carries food aid provided by the Red Crescent Society in Sana'a.
FILE - A man carries food aid provided by the Red Crescent Society in Sana'a.
Lisa Schlein
The World Food Program (WFP) reports Yemen is facing a humanitarian crisis, with millions of people going hungry and widespread malnutrition threatening the health of millions of children.
 
According to the U.N. agency, nearly half of Yemen's 25 million people are going hungry. Among this group, 4.5 million are suffering severe food shortages and are in urgent need of international aid to survive.
 
One of the the world's poorest countries, Yemen continues to be buffeted by civil strife and political instability, creating a state of insecurity is hampering the country's economic and social development.
 
As in most crisis situations,WFP says children have been hardest hit, with two million under age five with stunted growth and one million acutely malnourished.  
 
WFP spokeswoman Elizabeth Byrs says the lack of food threatens children's health and well-being.
 
"When a child is malnourished, when he does not get the nutrition he needs and he cannot get proper food on a daily basis, they are more vulnerable and they can have more diseases, she said. "They are more fragile. This is a situation which is of concern. That is why food security and preventing them from falling into acute severe malnutrition is a major objective for WFP."
 
WFP is scaling up its supplementary feeding program to answer this need, focusing nutritional treatment programs on Yemen's five coastal governorates, where 50 percent of the country's malnourished children live.
 
The supplementary feeding program will provide special nutritious food for hundreds of thousands of young children, as well as for 157,000 pregnant and nursing women.
 
From July, WFP will begin a two-year $500 million Recovery Operation. The aim is to help people tackle long-term hunger by helping them overcome their food shortages and nutritional deficiencies. Under the plan, the U.N. food agency will help create rural employment and improve agriculture and water supply.
 
According to Byrs, another important element of the operation is a school feeding program to give 200,000 girls take-home rations.
 
"We target girls' because parents, [because they are] reluctant sometimes to send them to school," she said. "When they go to school, they get this take-home ration for themselves and also for members of the family. So it is an incentive measure to send the girls back to education."
 
Byrs says WFP also will provide a daily snack to 900,000 children. The plan will provide life-saving assistance to internally displaced people and support measures to prevent and treat malnutrition among children and mothers.

You May Like

ASEAN Ministers Set to Push for South China Sea Agreements

According to documents obtained by VOA Khmer, ministers will stand up for 'freedom of navigation, unimpeded lawful maritime commerce, trade and over flight' More

Puerto Rico Defaults on $58M Debt Payment

Payment was due Saturday, default is first in country's 117 years as a United States possession More

Turkish Public Fears Jihadists More Than Kurds

Turkey facing twin threats of terrorism by Islamic State and PKK Kurdish separatists, says President Erdogan’s ruling AK Party More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Iraqi Yazidis Fear Death of Their Communityi
X
Sharon Behn
August 03, 2015 2:23 PM
A year ago on August 3, Islamic State militants stormed the homelands of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, killing hundreds of men and enslaving thousands of women. The scenes of desperate Yazidi families crowding on the top of Sinjar mountain without food or water spurred Kurdish fighters into action, an emergency airlift and the start of the U.S. airstrike campaign against the Islamic State Sunni extremists. VOA's Sharon Benh reports from northern Iraq.
Video

Video Iraqi Yazidis Fear Death of Their Community

A year ago on August 3, Islamic State militants stormed the homelands of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, killing hundreds of men and enslaving thousands of women. The scenes of desperate Yazidi families crowding on the top of Sinjar mountain without food or water spurred Kurdish fighters into action, an emergency airlift and the start of the U.S. airstrike campaign against the Islamic State Sunni extremists. VOA's Sharon Benh reports from northern Iraq.
Video

Video Bangkok Warned It Soon Could Be Submerged

Italy's Venice and America's New Orleans are not the only cities gradually submerging. The nearly ten million residents of the Bangkok urban area now must confront warnings the city could become uninhabitable in a few decades. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from the Thai capital.
Video

Video Inclusive Gym Gets People With Disabilities in Fitness Spirit

Individuals with special needs are 58 percent more likely to be obese than the general population. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, they also have an increased likelihood of anxiety, depression and social isolation. But a sports club outside Washington wants to make a difference in these people's lives. With Carol Pearson narrating, VOA's June Soh reports.
Video

Video Astronauts Train Underwater for Deep Space Missions

Manned deep space missions are still a long way off, but space agencies are already testing procedures, equipment and human stamina for operations in extreme environment conditions. Small groups of astronauts take turns in spending days in an underwater lab, off Florida’s southern coast, simulating future missions to some remote world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Special Olympics Show Competitors' Skill, Determination

Special Olympics competitions will wrap up Saturday in Los Angeles, and the closing ceremony for athletes with intellectual disabilities will be held Sunday night. In a week of competition, athletes have shown what they can do through skill and determination. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports.
Video

Video Civil Rights Leaders Struggled to Achieve Voting Rights Act

Fifty years ago, lawmakers approved, and U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed, the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The measure outlawed racial discrimination in voting, giving millions of blacks in many parts of the southern United States federal enforcement of the right to vote. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some civil rights leaders who were on the front lines in the struggle for voting rights.
Video

Video Shooter’s Grill: Serving Food with a Touch of the Second Amendment

Shooter's Grill, a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, attracts visitors from all over the world as well as local patrons. The reason? Waitresses openly carry loaded firearms as they serve food, and customers are welcome to carry them, too. VOA's Enming Liu and Lin Yang paid a visit to Shooter's Grill, and heard different opinions about this unique establishment.
Video

Video Despite Controversy, Business Owner Continues Sale of Confederate Flags

At Cooter’s, a store in rural Sperryville, Virginia, about 120 kilometers west of Washington, D.C., Confederate flags are flying off the shelves. The red, white and blue battle flag, with 13 white stars representing the Confederate states, was carried by southern forces during the U.S. Civil War in the 1860s. The South had seceded from the Union over several key issues of disagreement, including slavery. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story.
Video

Video Booming London Property a ‘Haven for Dirty Money’

Billions of dollars of so-called ‘dirty money’ from the proceeds of crime - especially from Russia - are being laundered through the London property market, according to anti-corruption activists. As Henry Ridgwell reports from the British capital, the government has pledged to crack down on the practice.
Video

Video Hometown of Boy Scouts of America Founder Reacts to Gay Leader Decision

Ottawa, Illinois, is the hometown of W.D. Boyce, who founded the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. In Ottawa, where Scouting remains an important part of the legacy of the community, the end of the organization's ban on openly gay adult leaders was seen as inevitable. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.

VOA Blogs