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Feb 15, 2012

Yemen - Millions Suffering From Hunger & Malnutrition Caused in Part By Political Unrest

On 15 February 2012 Reuters reported on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab world.  According to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Yemen is the 11th most food-insecure country in the world.  Close to 7 million Yemenis (nearly one quarter of the population) are in need food.  After Afghanistan, Yemen has the highest level of chronic malnutrition in the world.  UNICEF (the United Nations Children's Fund) statistics report that 57 percent of Yemen's 12 million children are chronically malnourished.

Yemen is in a state of political unrest, which is creating food prices and unemployment to skyrocket.  The situation has been exacerbated by the decision by some international aid agencies to leave the country due to security fears.  Some, like the World Bank have returned.  Others such as Oxfam are urging other Arab nations to donate aid to Yemen.

For more see: Finn, Tom and Nour Merza. "Political unrest deepens plight of Yemen children," Reuters, 15 February 2012.

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