The worlds most lethal famine is fast developing in the Middle East: Yemen

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About 14 million people at risk of being severely food insecure.  

Sharp devaluation of the Yemeni Rial against the US dollar lead to increase of food cost by 25 per cent and 45 per cent in fuel cost.  

The situation in Al Hudaydah would likely lead to Famine (IPC Phase 5) in Yemen.

Fighting in the eastern and southern areas of Al Hudaydah city has made humanitarian support difficult for aid agencies. As of 17 October, Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) partners in Al Hudaydah hub identified a total of 75,478 displaced families from the Al Hudaydah Governorate.  

The speed at which the Yemeni currency plunged in early September has forced food prices to soar. An additional 1.5 million to 2 million people are also at risk of famine.

Children will be worst hit in what is being forecast as the world’s most lethal famine in 100 years, with up to 14 million people at risk. According to the UN report, 70 per cent of the population now live on less than US$1 a day, and the hundreds of thousands of Yemenis that work in the government haven’t received their salaries or pensions since August 2016.

Islamic Relief Yemen (IRY) is on the ground providing urgent food assistance. Through food assistance, we aim to save lives, prevent affected communities taking up detrimental coping mechanisms, and avert emergency rates of acute malnutrition. IRY also maintains water sanitation projects. Water sanitation is critical in the fight against cholera and other deadly diseases.

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