Only enough food to sustain the population of Yemen for 2-3 months, says CARE International

14 September 2018 – There is currently only enough food in Yemen to sustain the population for two to three months, says Johan Mooij, CARE International Country Director in Yemen, as fears rise that Hodeidah port could close.

An increase in airstrikes in Hodeidah is instilling fear and terror in residents, many of whom are being forced to flee and leave their homes behind.

As well as this widespread displacement, the airstrikes could have a disastrous impact on the port of Hodeidah, a vital life-line for supplies into Yemen for the 22 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

Transportation is already being affected: the main road linking Hodeidah and the capital Sana’a has been closed for several days, with trucks carrying food forced to take different routes across the country.

Johan Mooij, CARE International Country Director in Yemen, said: 

We are horrified by the latest developments in Hodeidah. Besides more displacement, there is again a real danger that the port could be closed. There is currently only enough food in Yemen to sustain the population for two to three months, and it is the most vulnerable – especially women and children – who will be hit the hardest.

Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and this latest development in the conflict is a setback for the fledgling peace process initiated by the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths. 

The UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Lise Grande said on Thursday:

The human cost and the humanitarian impact of this conflict is unjustifiable.

Mooij continued:

CARE implores all parties to the conflict to end the violence and to ensure the protection of civilians. At a time when cholera cases are sharply on the rise, many thousands have already died from disease and hunger, and the Yemeni rial has lost almost a quarter of its value, this is absolutely the last thing the Yemeni people need. There must be an immediate end to this violence in and around Hodeidah.

CARE has worked in Yemen since 1992 and is one of few international aid agencies continuing to deliver humanitarian services under extremely challenging circumstances.

CARE focuses on ensuring people in the hardest-hit and most hard-to-reach areas have access to emergency supplies and assistance with meeting their basic needs.

About CARE

Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organisation fighting poverty and providing assistance in emergencies. Our emergency responses focus on the needs of the most vulnerable populations, particularly women and girls. CARE works in 93 countries, supporting 950 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects, reaching more than 62 million people directly (as per fundraising year 2017).

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