Ramadan Journey of The Yemenis Facing a Prolonged Food Crisis

The conflict in Yemen led to a prolonged crisis. Muslims in Yemen also find it difficult to prepare food for suhoor and iftar.

One of the children in Yemen is undergoing a medical examination by an ACT volunteer.
One of the children in Yemen is undergoing a medical examination by an ACT volunteer. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, YAMAN – Now, Yemen is in a very dangerous situation. The conflict that has been going in for more than six years has caused a prolonged crisis. Millions of people are starving. Based on data from Word Food Programme, In 2021, around half of all children under 5 in Yemen – 2.3 million – are projected to face acute malnutrition.

The spread of Covid-19 in Yemen is increasingly widespread, which jeopardizes the condition. Based on data from World Health Organization, the number of Covid-19 cases continues to increase. On Tuesday, April 20, there were more than five thousand positive cases of Covid-19 in Yemen.

As a result of Covid-19, poverty is increasing. The price of various necessities of life has risen. Yemeni citizens are having difficulty meeting their food needs, including in Ramadan. Preparing food for suhoor and iftar becomes very difficult.

For example, people in the Refugee Camp in Sana’a cannot afford to buy dates for breaking the fast. Enduring hunger has become a habit for them.

“Our life here is very challenging. In this Ramadan, sometimes we stay hungry even though it’s time to break our fast. Here, many orphans don’t have someone to support them,” said Fatima, one of the IDPs in Sana’a, Thursday (4/15/2021).

For this reason, Amir Firdausi from ACT’s Global Humanity Response invites Sahabat Dermawan to ease the burden on Muslim brothers and sisters in Yemen. According to Amir, food aid will be very meaningful for Muslims in Yemen, so that they can continue to eat suhoor and iftar with a proper and nutritious meal.

“The month of Ramadan is the best opportunity for charity. Many things can be done to reap extraordinary rewards. Feeding someone to break the fast, we will also get the rewards of fasting. Hopefully, we don’t miss this opportunity,” said Amir.[]