Yemenis Forced To Eat Garbage As A Last Resort To Stay Alive

As a result of the ongoing civil war in Yemen, civilians are facing severe food insecurity to the point that they are now consuming garbage.

The civil war in Yemen has left thousands of people dead, but even those who are alive are desperately struggling to survive with each passing day.

The war between Houthi rebels and loyalists of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi that has been going on since 2015 has resulted in the deaths of more than 10,000 people, including 4,000 civilians.

Yemenis are now rummaging through garbage and eating whatever trash they find just so that they can live. Protecting their families from death has now become the biggest challenge.

“It is my daily attempt to stave off the death of my family by hunger. I have become a frequent visitor of the rubbish dump. There, I also see my likes. I want to live in peace and I want to see my children safe from hunger, and not dependent on aid or dumps,” Mahdi Abdulla said.

The United Nations estimates that around 370,000 children are at risk of starvation and 2 million others are out of schools due to conflict.

Around 14 million Yemenis are food insecure and half of them are classified as severely food deprived, according to the World Food Program.

The country is in desperate need of aid, and one cannot image what people living there are going through. Currently, Yemen requires aid of $1.63 billion which is no doubt a huge amount, but hopefully, the world will come together to do as much as it can so that thousands of innocent lives can be saved and this humanitarian crisis can be attended to.

To learn more about the condition in Yemen, check out the video above.

Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Mohamed al-Sayaghi

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