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article imageUN food agency cuts Yemen aid, 3.4 million on verge of starvation

By Andrew Moran     May 5, 2010 in World
Istanbul - The United Nations food agency announced that they were going to cut aid to Yemen because international funds were running dry. This latest news could cut food rations by half, leaving 3.4 million Yemenis to starve.
Turmoil and exodus could be the key terms in Yemen over the next little while after the UN World Food Program said they were going to cut aid to Yemen because of lack of international funding. That means approximately 3.4 million Yemenis could live in starvation, according to the Yemen Post.
The WFP food deliveries are going to be cut to 1,050 calories per person per day and most of their focus will be on the 270,000 internally displaced people due to the heavy conflict in the northern region of Yemen in the Sa’ada province.
According to Press TV, the cut was due to a $75.3 million shortfall but $103 million in total was needed for 2010. Majority of funding comes from the United States, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Cyprus and the United Kingdom.
Families across the country already only eat bread and tea, and a couple of times week they may eat vegetables. About 7.2 million people suffer from chronic hunger and 1 in 10 children suffers from acute malnutrition, while half of those children are underweight.
One-third of the population already lives in hunger and the statistics are the highest after Afghanistan. WFP spokesperson Emilia Casella warned by August, Yemen will have run out of food completely, reports AFP. Casella told reporters that the people of Yemen will only have three options when aid is cut: migrate, die or revolt.
The oil-rich nation is the poorest country in the Arab world.
“This is a very serious and dramatic situation for internally displaced people,” said spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Andre Mahecic.
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