As Yemen War Enters Fifth Year Millions of Yemenis Fear of Hunger
On the ground in Yemen as the nation enters a fifth year of fighting, Islamic Relief has revived request to world leaders to act accordingly so that the suffering comes to an end.
Already one of the poorest nations in the Middle East before the clash heightened in March 2015, Yemen widely considered as the world’s worst nation to face humanitarian crisis. Severe hunger is common and many are very close to starvation. Water is scant. Basic but essential services aren’t available. Livelihood is in ruins and children are growing up without any access to formal education.
Over the last four years, the people of Yemen have been held captive to bombs, bullets and been compelled to face a near total downfall of basic services like health and sanitation, which have claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people.
Muhammad Zulqarnain Abbas, Islamic Relief’s head of mission in Yemen, stated that as the battle has peaked on and on, it has trapped families in an dangerous situation, as they have to choose between feeding themselves or feed their children.
In one province one after another schools, factories, hospitals and farms have been destroyed. The capital, Sanaa, has been on and on bombed and shelled. Roadblocks and prohibitions in Taiz have increased food prices to very highs, whilst the sounds of battle have become the backdrop of life in Hodeida, where civilians fear the weak truce may not hold.
Ahmed Mor’ie, from Mandhar, is also grappling to supply food to his family after leaving behind his livelihood. As the battle escalated they left their house and are happy to be alive; although their belongings were stolen.
In spite of his village remains in the frontline and violence in Hudaydah continues in breach of a peace accord endorsed in December. Two of Mor’ie’s children were forced to return to the village a month ago.
Islamic Relief has been working in Yemen for over 20 years, and has continued its lifesaving work on the ground throughout the catastrophic battle.
Working in 17 governorates, which consist of remote areas, last year it helped more than 2.6 million vulnerable people.
Islamic Relief is stead-fast to do everything it can do to allay the suffering in Yemen, and recently promised to spend $7.6 million on humanitarian endeavors in the war-torn nation. However, it is only a fraction of what is required and hence renewing calls are being made to the world leaders to provide assistance to Yemen and to bring about a total truce and peace discussions that would end this humanitarian crisis.