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Updated On: Sunday, 22 September 2019

WFP Assist Yemen

Content by: South-South News

16 January 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — The World Food Programme (WFP) has announced today that a ship with four mobile cranes has arrived at the port of Al Hudaydah in Yemen, which is facing the world’s worst hunger crisis.

WFP’s spokesperson Bettina Lüscher said to media in Geneva that “it is obviously clear that Yemen is in the grips of the world’s biggest hunger crisis. It is really the biggest crisis that we have in the moment anywhere in the world. So hard to deal with this. There are 8,4 million hungry people who totally depend on external food assistance, and of course most of them live in the north and central parts of Yemen”.

According to WFP, the cranes will help to speed up the delivery of humanitarian aid and commercial goods to the war-torn country.

Lüscher said “two of the cranes will be used by the World Food Programme for food assistance that we are bringing in and the other two will be used by commercial imports.”

WFP’s spokesperson added that “the UN cannot do this alone, you cannot feed this whole country just by humanitarian assistance. As you know, Yemen imports most of the food even in peace times. So this is a really crucial step, but the thing is really more work is needed in order to avoid the famine. We just also need to make sure not only that we have access everywhere, better access, but also that shipments get a faster and smoother and more efficient clearance, as you know everything has to be approved”.

Lüscher said that ”we will need 303 million dollars to support Yemen for the first 6 months of this year, and this month we are hoping to reach 7 million people with food assistance”.

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