WFP Alarmed as Hunger Cripples War Torn Yemen (For the Media)
The United Nations World Food Programme is increasingly concerned about the deteriorating food security situation and growing rates of child malnutrition in Yemen. A senior WFP team has recently visited impoverished neighbourhoods and spoken to families and local authorities in Hajjah and Hodeidah who described a very dramatic situation in people’s daily struggle to secure their food needs. The team also visited hospitals, nutrition and health centres and saw first hand the many cases of malnourished children arriving to these centres from remote areas in Yemen. WFP requires over US$257.5 million to provide much-needed food assistance until March 2017. It takes four months from the time WFP receives funds until food reaches the country and is in the hands of the families who need it.