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United Nations warns of mass famine in Yemen ahead of donor conference

OCHA, said the risk of large-scale famine in the Arab world's poorest country has never been more acute, adding that the years-long conflict, economic decline, and institutional collapse created enormous humanitarian needs in all sectors.

United Nations, Mass Famine, Yemen, OCHA, Houthi rebels, Antonio Guterres / February 28, 2021 / 06:58 PM IST
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A U.N. humanitarian agency on Sunday warned that more than 16 million people in Yemen would go hungry this year, with already some half a million people in the war-torn country living in famine-like conditions.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, or OCHA, said the risk of large-scale famine in the Arab world's poorest country has never been more acute, adding that the years-long conflict, economic decline, and institutional collapse created enormous humanitarian needs in all sectors.

The stark warning comes a day before a pledging conference co-hosted by Sweden and Switzerland. The U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will appeal for $3.85 billion in relief aid for Yemen this year.

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