Yemen No Closer to Peace
The United Nations warned Monday that Yemen is no closer to peacefully resolving its civil war, as the country spirals faster toward famine and other catastrophes.
More than six years of war have pushed the Middle East’s poorest country to the brink. While food is available in the country’s markets, people can no longer afford it.
The currency is in freefall, the GDP is down 40% since the war started in 2015, and fuel shortages have become critical. Even cooking gas for stoves is in short supply, with customers waiting a month to have their gas cylinders refilled. Civil servants only receive their salaries sporadically, meaning millions of people have no income to purchase food or other basic services.
UNICEF estimates that nearly 21 million Yemenis are in need of humanitarian assistance to survive. Half of them are children, of whom 2.3 million are acutely malnourished.