Yemen Facing Worst Famine in 100 Years
October 20, 2018 - The United Nations is warning that up to 13 million people face stravation in a civil war-torn Yemen.
Yemen has been in conflict since 2015 when interim president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi went into exile in the face of Houthi militia advance onto the capital Sanaa.
Supported by Saudi Arabian forces, the former President later returned into Yemen and formed base in the sourthern city of Aden.
The country has been ravaged by years of Saudi bombardment, causing massive displacement and starvation.
UN advocates are calling on a military coalition led by U.S. ally Saudi Arabia to halt air strikes that are at times missing targets and killing civilians, while decimating villages.
The UN says Yemen's situation could become “the worst famine in the world in 100 years.”
The war has left over 22 million people, 85% of the population, in desperate need of aid and facing catastrophic conditions, according to the United Nations Humanitarian Chief.
More than 2 million people have been displaced, and over 10,000 killed so far.
Yemen's economy, the poorest in the Arab world, has completely collapsed due to the conflict, according to current reports.