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Oxfam warns of dire food situation in Yemen

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Oxfam warns of dire food situation in Yemen

Aden, Yemen, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) The serious food situation in Yemen has worsened in recent months due to the increase in food prices on the world market, the NGO Oxfam warned today.

Already exhausted by more than seven years of conflict, the country was hit hard by the global food crisis, which affects the prices of basic commodities such as wheat, flour, cooking oil, eggs and sugar, the non-governmental organization said in a statement.

Yemen imports 90 percent of its food, including 42 percent of its wheat from Ukraine, it recalled.

In this regard, the institution highlighted that in this Arab nation millions of people depend on bread as part of their daily diet to survive.

Ferran Puig, Oxfam’s country director in Yemen, said this unprecedented rise in food prices threatens the lives of millions of people who are now in real danger of starvation. “Families pushed to the brink by seven years of conflict are falling as staple food prices grow beyond their reach,” he stressed.

The World Food Program revealed last week that some 19 million Yemenis, out of a total of 31 million, are food insecure, although the figure may rise dramatically this year.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies recently reported that 17.8 million people in the country lack access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, and 21.9 million lack basic medical care.

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