Yemen War Results In Decaying Of the Grain Stores in Hodeidah

February 12, 2019

The UN is requesting the conflicting parties in Yemen to give them entry to a vast cellar of grain that is on the verge of slowly rotting. The UN stated that the grains are needed in a nation that is on the verge of facing a famine.
Aid workers haven’t been able to reach the Red Sea Mills, on the leading edge in the port of Hodeidah, for last five months. The UN stated that the silos have enough grain and it could easily feed around 3.7 million people for a month. However, it is at the risk of decaying.
The Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels agreed for a truce around Hodeidah in December. However, they have yet to enforce a UN-orchestrated scheme under which opposing fighters should be re-stationed to locations far outside the area.
Since 2014, Hodeidah has been managed by the Houthis. It serves as the chief lifebelt for two-thirds of Yemen’s population. As high as 80% of the humanitarian support, fuel and commercial goods on which they rely are doled out through the port.
On 11th February, the UN’s special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths and Emergency Relief coordinator, Mark Lowcock, cautioned about the necessity of getting access to the facility of Red Sea Mills which is in the south of the port have started to grow with every passing day.
In a joint statement they stated that the United Nations is in the process of expanding food assistance program to almost 12 million people across Yemen who grapples to meet their daily food needs.
The UN officials stressed that guaranteeing access to the mills should be a shared responsibility among the conflicting parties in Yemen. Last week, the UN stated that Yemeni government and Houthi representatives had admitted for a preliminary adjustment that would grant them to go ahead with the re-stationing of forces from Hodeidah and the opening of humanitarian corridors.

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