Food for Millions on the Brink of Rotting in Storage Facilities, While Hodeidah is Slowly Starving
Sights like a woman ransacking through garbage pits for discarded food. Or, a father pushing his frail looking teenage son in a cart for help has become a very common scenario of Hodeidah streets.
Millions of Yemenis are on the verge of facing starvation. Yet huge amount of food to feed almost 3.7 million of Yemenis for a month sits in the storage to rot.
Abdulrahman Al-Thorani, a humanitarian activist who works in the Hodeidah port city, told reporters that everywhere people are suffering. In fact, millions of people are suffering and it’s hard that one won’t get moved by this sight. Yemeni people are in frantic need of help, as they have nothing and are dying every day as a result of lack of food and essential supplies.
The UN have called the Yemen’s crisis as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the situation for 80% of the nation’s population is at crisis point.
On Sunday, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt cautioned that a peace movement in war-torn Yemen’s Hodeidah “could come to an end within weeks” without more dedicated attempts from both ends.
Time is running out as famine and disease is slowly gripping the Yemenis.
With a collapsing economy and infrastructure, millions of Yemenis are without basic essentials like shelter, medical aid, food and clean water. Al-Thorani stated that civilians were in critical need of help. He stated that people are slowly dying as they don’t have anything to eat. Neither are they having access to clean drinking water.
He stated that Yemenis are roaming the streets rummaging for any food they can get their hands on, while others just stay at home and famished to death.
Hopes were lifted when an interim truce was endorsed in Sweden in December last year by the Houthis and the Yemeni government, which consist of the opening of a humanitarian corridor in Hodeidah. The accord permitted for aid to be dispatched in order to avert widespread famine. The UN stated that it had finally been able to access the Red Sea Mills , which has enough grain to feed 3.7 million people for a month in Hodeidah after a half-year delay.