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Relief Fund Created for Victims of Conflict and Hunger in Yemen

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In Yemen, low funding for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has caused ration cuts for people displaced by a conflict in the northern part of the country.

Other nationwide programs, such as Food for Education, have been suspended. Infant children, who need foods like plumpy’nut, are at risk of suffering damaging malnutrition if the shortages continue.

A new fund, Hunger Relief for Yemen, has been set up at the World Food Program USA site. There you can donate to help the victims of the conflict and restore other vital food assistance.

Food rations for those displaced by the conflict between the government and rebels (Sa’ada War) were cut in half in May. WFP reports, “The impact of the ration reductions on the already vulnerable population has been severe: demonstrations were reported, the livelihoods of families have further deteriorated, and increased levels of acute hunger and malnutrition are reported.”

Children in one of the camps in Yemen for those displaced by the Sa’ada War. (Jennifer Mizgata/WFP)

The conflict is currently in a ceasefire, but how long this ceasefire will hold remains in question. With the humanitarian situation deteriorating, hopes for peace are clearly threatened.

Gian Carlo Cirri, a WFP official, says, “Improved services will also contribute to strengthening the sustainability of the ceasefire and facilitate the voluntary return of IDPs.” In short, food is needed for peace in Yemen.

This is a country that suffers from a multitude of crises, including the Sa’ada War, as well as an Al Qaeda presence and high levels of hunger and malnutrition.

The Yemen relief fund is one way to address the urgent food needs of the population and provide support for building a sustainable roadmap to end hunger.

You can visit the Hunger Relief for Yemen here……

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About William Lambers

William Lambers is the author of several books including Ending World Hunger: School Lunches for Kids Around the World. This book features over 50 interviews with officials from the UN World Food Programme and other charities discussing school feeding programs that fight child hunger. He is also the author of Nuclear Weapons, The Road to Peace: From the Disarming of the Great Lakes to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Open Skies for Peace, The Spirit of the Marshall Plan: Taking Action Against World Hunger, School Lunches for Kids Around the World, The Roadmap to End Global Hunger, From War to Peace and the Battle of Britain. He is also a writer for the History News Service. His articles have been published by newspapers including the Cincinnati Enquirer, Des Moines Register, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Buffalo News, San Diego Union Tribune, the Providence Journal, Free Lance-Star (VA), the Bakersfield Californian, the Washington Post, Miami Herald (FL), Chicago Sun-Times, the Patriot Ledger (MA), Charleston Sunday Gazette Mail (WV), the Cincinnati Post, Salt Lake Tribune (UT), North Adams Transcript (MA), Wichita Eagle (KS), Monterey Herald (CA), Athens Banner-Herald (GA) and the Duluth News Journal. His articles also appear on History News Network (HNN) and Think Africa Press. Mr. Lambers is a graduate of the College of Mount St. Joseph in Ohio with degrees in Liberal Arts (BA) and Organizational Leadership (MS). He is also a member of the Feeding America Blogger Council.
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