Yemen at the most risk of worsening humanitarian crisis in 2022

English - الثلاثاء 25 يناير 2022 الساعة 11:09 ص
Aden, NewsYemen, special:

Reports of international organizations and agencies classify Yemen as still one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world, with more than half of the population unable to obtain food to survive, and the rate of poverty and hunger increasing every day.

In its latest Jan. 12 update, "The Crisis in Yemen: Protracted Conflict Pushes Yemenis to More Need," the International Rescue Committee said in its latest Jan. 12 update, five reasons why Yemen is most at risk of exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in 2022, according to the Emergency Watch List.

According to the classification of the International Rescue Committee's Emergency Watch List Yemen, 20.7 million people need humanitarian assistance, 15.6 million people live in extreme poverty, and 16.1 million people face crisis or worse levels of food insecurity in 2022.

The five driving causes of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen were the continuation of the conflict in 2022 due to the lack of diplomatic progress, the economic collapse and the destruction of health, education and other vital systems, and millions suffer and will continue to suffer from food insecurity, driven by the collapsed economy.

The fifth reason is the persistently limited ability of humanitarian organizations to meet the needs of the Yemeni people, constrained by restrictions on humanitarian access imposed by all parties to the conflict.

The report notes that Yemen is a case study of the cumulative impact of the protracted conflict, which has progressively destroyed livelihoods and vital systems without which people could not live over the six years while significantly restricting humanitarian access in many areas.

The rate of child malnutrition is among the highest in the world and the nutritional situation continues to deteriorate.  A recent survey showed that nearly a third of households suffer from gaps in their diets, and hardly consume any foods such as legumes, vegetables, fruits, dairy products and meat.

According to the World Food Program, malnutrition rates among women and children in Yemen remain among the highest in the world, with 1.2 million pregnant or lactating women and 2.3 million children under five requiring treatment for acute malnutrition.