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Apr 21, 2012

Yemen - A Growing Famine As Food Insecurity Doubles Since 2009

On 21 April 2012 The Economist reported on food security in Yemen.  Life was hard before 2011 when the fighting between military and tribal factions led to the unseating of Ali Abdullah Saleh, ruler of Yemen for 33 years.  Then there was little rain and the crops failed.  Unemployment now stands above 50%.  Many people are buying food and water on credit and have no way to pay this back.

In March 2012, the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) reports that food insecurity has doubled since 2009.  An estimated 5 million people are going without adequate food, which causing malnutrition in children and raising other health issues.  Oxfam is one of the NGOs on the ground, preparing a food aid program to address the growing famine.

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