Hunger in Yemen Gets Worse in Winter

Yemen is still shrouded in acute food insecurity ahead of winter. They also need various needs to survive.

Yemenis in winter
Yemenis in winter. (Anadolu Agency Mohammed Hamoud)

ACTNews, YEMEN – Yemen's humanitarian crisis is widely regarded as the worst in the world. Yemen has deteriorated in all sectors after nearly seven years of conflict. When winter arrives, the situation worsens.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) stated that 80 percent of the population (24 million people) need humanitarian assistance this winter. Meanwhile, 14.3 million of them are in a food emergency and require immediate food assistance.

On Thursday (12/16/2021), Firdaus Guritno from ACT's Global Humanity Response team explained that IDP families live in old tents in several camps spread across Yemen during winter. They have to put up with the cold, rain, and hunger. Parents are also concerned about their children's malnutrition. Compared to other seasons, an increased risk of death exacerbated this condition. 

"During the winter, expected to last until March, IDP families require a variety of services. Clothing, wool blankets, drinking water, food, medical care, shoes, and milk for children are among the items required," Firdaus stated. The Yemen civil war displaced more than three million Yemenis. They have to survive the harsh winter.[]