Alleviating Hunger in War-torn Yemen

The war has led to the destruction of the economy and food security in Yemen, including in Hamdan District.

Children in Hamdan District were happy to receive staple food packages from Aksi Cepat Tanggap. This staple food distribution was part of the winter aid program for war-torn countries. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, HAMDAN - The night is still freezing cold in Hamdan, Yemen. At night, the temperature can plummet up to 9 Celsius. The cold air pierces the skin of those sleeping inside decrepit houses.

Khaleed, a seven-year-old boy, joined his mother in line. He never saw this much food. Winter food packages were being distributed by Aksi Cepat Tanggap to the people of Hamdan at the end of February. The staple food packages consisted of flour, vegetable oil, sugar, salt, and beans.

Families in the city of Ablas, Hamdan District, received the staple packages from ACT in February. (ACTNews)

Andi Noor Faradiba from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) - ACT team reported, Yemen's winter food aid program targets a number of families who are socially and economically marginalized and in dire need of staple food in the city of Ablas. "There are 83 families who received these staple food packages. The majority of beneficiaries were the poorest underprivileged families who have children who suffer from acute malnutrition," Faradiba said.

Most families in Hamdan are internally displaced. The war destroyed and crippled the economy in Hamdan. Millions of Yemenis left their homes and evacuated to other places.

"Their food security is threatened. The lack of job opportunities in their new places leaves them dependent on humanitarian assistance," continued Faradiba.

The situation is especially apparent among fatherless families. Many children who lost their parents suffer from both physical and emotional deprivation. "This program targeted mothers who are the breadwinner of the families. Hopefully, this assistance can ease their struggle to feed their children," said Faradiba. []