Nutritious Iftar for Yemen Amid Food Crisis and Raging War

Even in Ramadan, the people in war-torn Yemen often have nothing for suhoor and iftar

ACTNews, SANA’A, HODEIDA, IBB – The Yemenis in Sana’a Governorate have been living in ruins and decrepit buildings for years. The conflict has turned their lives to ashes. They have no idea what to eat every day just to keep them alive.

This Ramadan, the condition has not changed much. Food supplies are scarce, and even if they are able, many of the people in this war-torn country can’t afford them. Their life has become very difficult that they have to rely solely on humanitarian aid.

Indonesia participates in alleviating the crisis in Yemen by supplying food for the people of Yemen this Ramadan. Through Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT), meal packages were distributed on Saturday (5/25) to Thursday (5/30), becoming an oasis for the Yemeni people amidst the food crisis and raging war.

“The iftar packages were distributed in two locations, Shamlan and Alsowda in Hamdan District of Sana’a. The meal consists of rice, meat, vegetables, fruit and bread,” reported Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT.

The nutritious iftar packages also reached the war survivors who live in ruined buildings in Hodeidah and Ibb. The total number of iftar package beneficiaries in the third week of Ramadan reached almost 10,000 individuals.

The war has deprived the Yemenis of their essential needs. Due to the war, 20 million Yemenis suffer from food crisis. FAO, WFP, and UNICEF have stated that the war in Yemen contributes to the worst humanitarian crisis, as reported by VOA in late 2018. Around 15.9 million people of Yemen wake up hungry, and 29 million are affected by sever food insecurity. []