Politics 11-11-2017

The world is about to face "the biggest famine in decades"

The blockade of Yemen by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia could lead to the worst famine in many decades. A senior United Nations (UN) humanitarian officer, Mark Lowcock, warns that, unless the military coalition led by Riyadh lift its blockade on Yemen, the war-torn country will face "the biggest famine it has ever seen." the world in many decades, with millions of victims", reports the AP agency.

Lowcock said the UN and its partner organizations should immediately resume regular flights to the Yemeni cities of Aden and Sanaa and restore immediate access to all ports to transport food, fuel and medicine.

The UN says humanitarian aid agencies did not receive prior notification of the Saudi decision to close all Yemen's land, air and sea ports.

Since 2015, a civil war has been waged in Yemen between the internationally recognized government of President Abdo Rabu Mansur Hadi and the Houthi movement, supported by Army units loyal to the previous president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

In March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition, mostly composed of Persian Gulf countries, launched air strikes against the Houthi rebels at the request of Hadi.

The civilian population, which is at the epicenter of violence, is the victim of extreme hunger, misery, the humanitarian crisis and human rights abuses. The appalling conditions of the health system in the midst of conflict add to the Yemeni misfortune.

In April, the UN Deputy General Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O'Brien, estimated that the world is going through the biggest humanitarian crisis since 1945. "Already earlier this year we are facing the biggest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the UN. Without joint and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve, "warned the diplomat, recalling that more than 20 million people in Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria suffer from hunger and starvation. Also, O'Brien said that, among all these countries, Yemen is the one that is experiencing the most serious crisis.


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