But for how long can such solidarity survive when everyone is draining their resources? Yemen was already before the war the poorest country in the region. Following two years of war, GDP per capita has sunk by 35 per cent. The whole population is getting broke. The capital is reaching breaking point, only held back by a proud and generous population. For now.
In many areas of Yemen, the breaking point has been a reality for months. Every ten minutes a child in Yemen dies because they do not get enough food to eat. In one day, that is 144 children. 144 children dying of hunger every day in 2017, because of a war that can, still, be stopped by the will of a few powerful people.
• Some 19 million people – over two thirds of the total Yemeni population – require some form of humanitarian assistance or protection to meet their basic needs.
• More than 3 million people have been displaced by violence.
• Around 17 million people suffer from food insecurity, including more than 3 million children, pregnant and lactating women suffering from acute malnutrition.
• An additional 462,000 children face immediate risk of death from severe acute malnutrition.
• Achieving all targets in the Humanitarian Response Plan will cost an estimated USD2.1 billion. Only 8 per cent of that funding has been received thus far.
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