Warning of expansion of hunger coinciding with the reduction of humanitarian aid in Yemen

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(Aden Al-Ghad) Consequences.

International organizations have warned that the food security crisis in Yemen will worsen during the first months of next year, at a time when the organizations are reducing humanitarian aid in Yemen.

The Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) – in a November 2023 analysis of the expected needs for emergency food aid in the countries covered by the network – expected about one million people to join the list of those who need food assistance from May 2024.

The network said – in its recent analysis – that the food security crisis in Yemen will worsen next year, with between (18-19) million people in need of emergency food aid in May 2024, compared to (17-18) million. people this november.

The analysis added that Yemen will remain at the top of the list of 31 countries covered by the network, in terms of the average number of people in need of humanitarian food assistance until May 2024, with 19 million people, followed by Ethiopia (17 million). ), Nigeria (14 million), and Sudan (11 million) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (10 million).

An analysis by the Famine Early Warning Network indicated that Yemen and South Sudan will record the highest percentage of those in need of food aid out of the total population, as 55% of the population in each will need aid by next May, followed of Somalia, Sudan and Afghanistan with 25%, then Ethiopia. The Democratic Republic of the Congo and Haiti occupy 15% of the population.

The analysis showed that the total number of people in need of food aid for the countries under control will increase by 10 million people next May, reaching 120 million people, more than 10% of which will be mainly concentrated in Yemen, Ethiopia and Nigeria.

Emphasizing that the reduction of humanitarian aid, the deterioration of economic conditions, the reduction of income opportunities and the rise in food prices are all factors that will lead to the continuation of food insecurity at the crisis level (the third stage of the provisional classification) among millions of people all over Yemen, as he described it.

These international warnings come as aid organizations operating in Yemen have tended since early this year to reduce humanitarian food aid allocated to Yemen, while the Sana’a government has accused Washington of putting pressure on the United Nations to stop all aid provided to Yemen.

Al-Masirah TV, the mouthpiece of the Ansar Allah movement in Sana’a, cited “private sources” on Monday that the United States had put pressure on the United Nations and its bodies, including the World Food Program, to stop all of them. aid provided to Yemen, to pressure the government of The Sanaa for its position in support of the Palestinian resistance, which confirms information.

The channel confirmed – citing its sources – that the United States directed the United Nations and its bodies, including the World Food Program in Yemen, to completely stop the aid given to beneficiaries in Yemen, adding: “To completely stop food aid comes as part of American pressure . following the position of the Yemeni people in support of the Palestinian resistance in Gaza”.

She pointed out that “US pressure on the organizations began last July, but recently increased to cause a complete cessation of aid.”

The channel said: “There is food that was damaged in the warehouses of the World Food Program, which announced the suspension of its interventions in the field of prevention of malnutrition in July”, and that “large quantities of food for children were seized and captured. in the warehouses of the Food Program in Ibb Governorate, and it has become damaged and unusable.” .

On July 27, the United Nations World Food Program announced at the beginning of August the complete suspension of its interventions to prevent malnutrition in Yemen, due to a severe lack of funding, which affects 2.4 million beneficiaries.

However, information last September stated that United Nations officials, led by the Regional Director of the World Food Program, Corinne Fleischer, held several meetings at the time, with official bodies in Sanaa,

The discussions showed that the announcement of the suspension of some United Nations aid programs in Yemen was not related to the lack of funding as was announced, but rather the result of American pressure exerted by Washington on the United Nations with the aim of putting pressure on the Sana’a . government and stop its threats of military escalation and targeting Saudi Arabia, to which Sanaa says it can resort. If the demands for the payment of salaries and the complete cancellation of the ban on Hodeidah ports and Sanaa Airport are not met.

A source in one of the aid organizations working earlier said, “The United Nations World Food Program has not withdrawn from suspending the programs it announced at the end of last July, due to lack of funding, especially the program for the prevention of malnutrition in Yemen. despite getting funding for it.” The program is through an aid program announced by the British government, amounting to 160 million pounds ($203 million) for primary health care, including nutrition”, which indicates that there are other reasons behind the decision to suspend. which are not related to the lack of funding .

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