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Yemen pushed towards man-made famine

The whole world must act now to avoid famine in Yemen, as two years of brutal conflict have led to what the UN describes as the worst humanitarian situation on the globe, with nearly 7 million people facing starvation.

Yemen has been wracked by a complex and bloody war that escalated in March 2015. The conflict involves among others the Government of Yemen backed by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia, and the Houthis, aligned with Yemen’s former president.

Over the past 24 months, airstrikes and fighting have killed more than 7,600 people and resulted in an average of 70 casualties per day.1 The world is now confronting to the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations, with more than 20 million people facing starvation and famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen.

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