ACTNews, SANA’A – Another day begins at the Yemeni capital of Sana’a. The city that has stood for hundreds of years is now ravaged by conflicts, afflicting the lives of the civilians and forcing them to depend solely on humanitarian aid.
In early November, food packages containing staple foods such as sugar, flour, oil, rice and beans were given to families who were victims of the conflict. Andi Noor Faradiba from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) - ACT team reported, these food supplies donated by generous Indonesian benefactors have been distributed since July.
"There are 50 families consisting of 250 people who have benefitted from the food aid since the first day of November," Faradiba said. War has destroyed Yemeni economy. Consequently, many children suffer from malnutrition.
The situation in Yemen has been deteriorating, as reported by Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) partners in Yemen. According to data received by the GHR - ACT team, more than 20 million people in Yemen suffer from food insecurity.
In February 2019, Reliefweb reported that the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) in Yemen has confirmed pockets of catastrophic hunger in some locations, with 238,000 people affected. An estimated 7.4 million people require services to treat or prevent malnutrition, including 3.2 million people who require treatment for acute malnutrition – 2 million children under 5 and more than one million pregnant and lactating women (PLW).
In addition to food insecurity, the death toll in Yemen has reached alarming numbers. As reported by Guardian, until October 2019, The death toll in Yemen’s war since 2015 has reached 100,000. April was the most lethal month of this year to date, with more than 2,500 reported fatalities, compared with 1,700 in September. The third quarter of 2019 had the lowest number of reported fatalities since the end of 2017, but the number of civilian casualties rose from the previous quarter. The most violent provinces were Taiz, Hodeida and Jawf, with more than 10,000 people reported killed in each of the regions since 2015.