Millions of Yemenis Experience Malnutrition due to Prolonged Food Crisis

The rate of malnutrition among women and children in Yemen is among the highest in the world, with 1.2 million pregnant or nursing women and 2.3 million children under the age of five requiring treatment for acute malnutrition.

Children in Taiz City, Yemen receive food aid. (ACTNews)
Children in Taiz City, Yemen receive food aid. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, YAMAN – At that time, Taiz City, Yemen, looked different. Smiling children stood in front of the dilapidated door of their house. That day, they were getting ready to welcome Aksi Cepat Tanggap volunteers.

Volunteers of Aksi Cepat Tanggap delivered food packages in the form of flour, rice, canned food, and cooking oil. As soon as the food packages were unloaded, the children immediately grabbed the food packages. Smiles transformed into laughter on the children's faces. These food packages were provided to Yemeni citizens to solve the food crisis in the country.

Based on data from the World Food Programme (WFP), the current level of hunger in Yemen is unprecedented and is causing severe hardship for millions of people. Despite ongoing humanitarian assistance, 16.2 million Yemenis are food insecure.

A recent survey from WFP showed that almost one-third of families have gaps in their diets, and hardly ever consume foods like pulses, vegetables, fruit, dairy products, or meat. Malnutrition rates among women and children in Yemen remain among the highest in the world, with 1.2 million pregnant or breastfeeding women and 2.3 million children under 5 requiring treatment for acute malnutrition. 

Trying to reduce the food insecurity in Yemen and minimize the malnutrition of Yemeni children, Aksi Cepat Tanggap through Islamic World Solidarity for Humanity provides hundred of food packages for underprivileged people in Yemen.

Food assistance from generous benefactors to residents of Taiz, Yemen. (ACTNews)

Firdaus Guritno from ACT’s Global Humanity Response team reported that from April 15 to 20, hundreds of food packages were distributed to residents of Taiz City. “Through narrow alleys, our volunteers delivered the food package directly to the Yemeni people’s houses,” he said, Tuesday (4/27/2021).

The food packages provided by Aksi Cepat Tanggap were from Indonesian benefactors. Firdaus invited the benefactors in various regions to take part in providing food assistance to the Yemeni people. “In this Ramadan, many Yemeni people are forced to stay hungry even though it’s time to break the fast because they don’t have anything to eat. Therefore, food aid will be very meaningful for them,” explained Firdaus.[]