Generosity Helps Alleviate Hunger in War-Torn Yemen

Hundreds of staple food packages, each weighing tens of kilograms, were distributed to Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Sana’a and Marib in Yemen in an effort to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in Yemen.

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Food packages ready to be distributed to Yemeni internally displaced people. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, MARIB, SANA'A – Sana'a and Marib are two areas in Yemen that are filled with internally displaced people (IDP). The ongoing conflict has caused the growing number of IDP and overcapacity in IDP camps. In Marib, there are nearly 190,000 IDP living in extreme poverty.

To help the Yemenis in distress, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) sent volunteers to provide foodstuffs. Hundreds of IDP in Marib and Sana’a received staple food packages that weigh tens of kilograms each. These foodstuff packages were funded by the generosity of the people of Indonesia.

Said Mukaffiy from ACT's Global Humanity Response explained that each package contains 25 kilograms of flour, 10 kilograms of rice, 5 kilograms of sugar, 2 liters of cooking oil, 12 cans of nuts, 1 kg of salt, and 1 kg of dates. The packages were delivered directly by ACT volunteers to the IDP tents. These staple food packages are expected to support their food needs for the next two months.

“The Yemeni IDP are torn by a humanitarian crisis. The ongoing war has hampered the country’s economic growth. As a result, it has been difficult for the Yemenis to meet their food needs. When ACT volunteers visited them, they were very happy about the staple food packages. Food has been quite a luxury for them,” added Said, Wednesday (12/8/2021).

ACT volunteers deliver food packages to the IDP’s tents. (ACTNews)

This assistance aims to alleviate the high rate of malnutrition among Yemeni children. According to UNICEF’s data, 2.25 million children in Yemen are facing malnutrition. 400,000 of them are children under the age of five who are classified as acutely malnourished.  They urgently need immediate help. This number can still increase every year as the conflict in Yemen continues raging on.

2021 has seen several food distribution programs for the IDP in Yemen. Said hoped this act of kindness can continue because many of the IDP haven't been reached by humanitarian aid. []