The conflict in Yemen along with other factors has created chronic malnutrition. Only Afghanistan another country wracked by conflict has a higher level. The United Nation's Children's fund claims that hundreds of thousands of Yemeni children face starvation. A total of one million suffer from severe malnutrition.
UNICEF representative Gert Kapelari said:"About 250,000 children today in Yemen are at risk of dying or having lifelong consequences if we don't act immediately," he said.
Aid agencies claim that Yemen is facing a humanitarian disaster with chronic levels of poverty. An Oxfam representative said that 44 per cent of the people, a total of about ten million, do not have enough to eat.
Although food is available prices have risen while incomes are low. High unemployment makes the situation worse.
Up to 90 per cent of food in Yemen is imported. The conflict between rebels and the government has displaced many people making them dependent upon food aid. The World Food Program(WFP) estimates that 670,000 internally displaced person depend upon food aid. For more see this article.