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May 20, 2022

Press Release 5/20/22: Yemen Famine Threat

Yemen Famine Threat

May 20, 2022

Press Release 5/20/22: Yemen Famine Threat

Yemen Famine Threat
Conflict, political instability, and economic crisis has remained constant in Yemen for a long time. Now the country faces an even more dire threat – a deadly famine that looms over millions of its inhabitants. More than seven years of war have pushed Yemen to the brink, and it’s on the edge of catastrophe. At the heart of this crisis is an extreme shortage of wheat, a staple food for the Yemeni people.

The Famine Threat

Yemen’s humanitarian crisis ranks among the worst in the world, with the looming famine posing a severe and immediate threat to its population. Of the 31.18 million people living in Yemen, a staggering 17.4 million are grappling with hunger. But this statistic only scratches the surface of the suffering endured in this war-torn land. Disease, malnutrition, and injuries inflicted by violence further compound the misery.

A Perfect Storm of Factors

The dire situation in Yemen is the result of a confluence of factors that have pushed the nation to the brink of catastrophe. More than seven years of conflict have torn the country apart, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Political unrest and economic stagnation have further exacerbated the crisis, making it increasingly difficult for Yemen to feed its people.

The Wheat Shortage

One of the most pressing concerns in Yemen’s crisis is the extreme shortage of wheat, a critical source of sustenance for its population. When the war in Ukraine erupted in late February, Yemen faced a devastating blow, losing over 30% of its wheat imports from Ukraine and Russia. For a nation where more than 80% of the population was already grappling with hunger, this loss was nothing short of catastrophic.

India's Wheat Export Ban

Adding fuel to the fire, earlier this week, India, a significant source of wheat imports for Yemen, imposed a complete ban on wheat exports. This move sent shockwaves through the international community, as it further exacerbated the crisis in Yemen. The United Nations expressed profound concerns for war-torn countries that were already on the brink of widespread hunger, and Yemen found itself under the ominous shadow of an imminent famine.

The Global Impact

The repercussions of the Ukraine conflict extend far beyond its borders. As The Business Standard reported, the situation has taken a toll on countries like Yemen, which relied heavily on Ukraine as a source of wheat. The conflict in Ukraine, marked by Russia’s blockade of crucial ports and the destruction of civilian infrastructure and grain silos, has had ripple effects felt as far away as Africa and the Middle East. The world is witnessing a disturbing escalation in hunger crises in these regions.

A Race Against Time

“The situation in Yemen is catastrophic. Sixteen million people in Yemen were already marching towards starvation before the wheat shortage,” as reported by The Guardian. Now, even more people are teetering on the brink of famine, their lives hanging in the balance as the world watches. It is a race against time to provide urgent aid and relief to the suffering population of Yemen. The situation in Yemen demands immediate action. We must come forward to reduce the suffering of millions from famine. UMR is determined to provide food, medical aid, and essential supplies to those in desperate need. Additionally, diplomatic efforts to end the conflict and stabilize the region are essential to preventing further suffering.

UMR’s Emergency Plan

UMR has a multi-step approach to bringing immediate relief. We plan to create long-term sustainable solutions to help the people in Yemen. First, we plan to deliver emergency food aid to the most vulnerable communities. We will focus on the elderly, mothers, children, and persons with disabilities. Our primary consideration is to help Yemen overcome the famine threat. On a longer-term scale, we plan to rehabilitate the local markets. We will also construct and maintain water points for people and livestock. support local farmers through home gardens, drip irrigation units, and other services. Our ultimate goal is to stimulate the economy and provide sustainable food sources that will help Yemen’s famine threat so that the country can withstand the turmoil it is under.

In conclusion

Yemen’s crisis is a stark reminder of the devastating consequences of prolonged conflict and political instability. The extreme shortage of wheat, compounded by the loss of imports from Ukraine and India’s export ban, has pushed the nation to the brink of famine. The international community must act swiftly and decisively to avert a humanitarian catastrophe and provide a lifeline to the people of Yemen who are enduring unimaginable suffering.

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