New York - Up to 14 million people are threatened with starvation in Yemen. "The humanitarian situation in Yemen is the worst in the world," warned the UN Vice Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, in an internal report released on Monday. If the situation in the civil war country continues to develop as before, 14 million people will soon find themselves in “pre-hunger” stage.
Three quarters of the population of Yemen, which corresponds to around 22 million people, need help and protection, according to Lowcock's note from October 18, which members of the UN Security Council received. 8.4 million of them suffered from severe insecurity and were in "urgent" need of food aid. In the "worst case" this number could increase by further 5.6 million to 14 million.
In Yemen, war has been raging since 2014 between Shiite Houthi rebels and troops supported by Saudi Arabia and other Arab states by President Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi. Almost 10,000 people have already been killed in the conflict. There is lack of food and health care. "The food crisis is direct result of the conflict," says Lowcock's internal note.