United Nations: Yemen is the poorest country in the world
According to the Yemen War Impact Assessment report, since the Houthi coup, the war has increased poverty in Yemen from 47 percent of the population to 75 percent, according to forecasts by the end of 2019.If fighting continues until 2022, Yemen will be classified as the poorest country in theworld. where seventy-nine percent of the population lives below the poverty line, sixty-five percent are classified as very poor.
“UNDP has worked with the support of international partners and as part of a broader United Nations intervention, focusing on helping Yemenis sustain businesses and enterprises, in order to maintain the infrastructure needed to recover when they are in place, said Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator. Peace comes.
If the war continues in Yemen, the proportion of the population living in extreme poverty will triple, and will rise from 19 percent in 2014 to 65 percent in 2022, the report said. Yemen by 2022 is the most poor country in the world.
The report, launched at a parallel event at the UN General Assembly, co-hosted by Germany and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to identifies spikes in malnutrition throughout Yemen. Twenty-five percent of the population was malnourished, but the report estimates that this figure is now approaching thirty-six percent, and could reach about fifty percent if fighting continue until 2022.