The United Nations, in a report released yesterday, says a key Yemeni port has sustained severe damage, preventing food deliveries for potentially millions. This is the latest blow to strike Yemen, a country spiraling toward famine because of a civil war.
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The UN reports that, "activities at Al-Hudaydah, the main port of entry to Yemen for commercial and humanitarian consignments, have come to a near total halt following the 17 August air strikes."
Food is urgently needed by Yemeni civilians. The war has caused severe food shortages in the already impoverished country.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) warns that 13 million Yemenis suffer from hunger, including 6 million who are on the brink of starvation. About 80 percent of the population needs some type of humanitarian assistance. A ceasefire is needed to allow WFP and other humanitarian agencies to gain access to war اخبار اليمن victims.
Children are suffering the most. Even before the conflict escalated this year, Yemen had one of the highest rates of child malnutrition in the world. Now it is getting even worse.
The lack of food for children causes lasting physical and mental damage. It's urgent that food reach these children and quickly. UNICEF says that 1.8 million children in Yemen will suffer from malnutrition in 2015, an increase of a million over last year.
Foods like Plumpy'Nut, an enriched peanut paste, can save the children. But aid agencies need supplies and access to provide this life-saving aid in time. WFP director Ertharin Cousin says, "The damage to Yemens next generation may become irreversible if we dont reach children quickly with the right food at the right time. We must act now before it is too late."
Another issue threatening Yemen is lack of funding. The UN says donors have not lived اخبار اليمن up to their pledges. More funding is needed to keep up with the humanitarian disaster.
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