Yemen at 'point of no return' as conflict leaves almost 7 million close to famine
Governments have been warned they face enduring shame should famine take hold in Yemen, where two-thirds of the population face severe food shortages
Les Roopanarine, Patrick Wintour, Saeed Kamali Dehghan and Ahmad Algohbary in Ibb
Thursday 16 March 2017 03.00 EDT
Aid agencies have warned that Yemen is “at the point of no return” after new figures released by the UN indicated 17 million people are facing severe food insecurity and will fall prey to famine without urgent humanitarian assistance.
A total of 6.8 million people are deemed to be in a state of emergency – one step from famine on the five-point integrated food security phase classification (IPC), the standard international measure – with a further 10.2 million in crisis. The numbers reflect a 21% increase in hunger levels in the Arab world’s poorest state since June 2016.https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/mar/16/yemen-conflict-7-million-close-to-famine