UN | Half of Yemen on the verge of starvation

Another human travesty, ignored by its neighbors, which says a bunch about the neighborhood. Unfortunately, this continues to be a reality in a number of countries and the ignorance of humanity.

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alakhbar
30 May 2014

Nearly half of Yemen's population is going hungry, the UN's food agency warned Friday, saying it was scaling up its aid to the impoverished country.

More than 10 million of Yemen's some 25 million inhabitants are either severely food insecure -- meaning they require food assistance because they cannot find enough food for themselves -- or teetering on the edge, the World Food Program said.

The country has one of the world's highest levels of malnutrition among children, with nearly half of all kids under the age of five -- a full two million of them -- stunted, WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs told reporters.

A million of those kids are acutely malnourished, she said.

The problem is difficult to tackle.

Yemen, one of the world's poorest countries, has been going through a difficult political transition since veteran president Ali Abdullah Saleh was ousted in February 2012 after a year of deadly protests against his 33-year rule.

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