Today's UN announcement that levels of hunger have increased by 20 percent in Yemen since June 2016, demands a massive humanitarian response that parties to the country's brutal war and their international backers must actively facilitate, said Oxfam. There are now over 17 million people in Yemen who are dangerously hungry.
The international agency called for a massive effort to get food to port and through to plate to avert the risk of famine. Ensuring the free flow of food and essential supplies to the ports and to where it is needed is vital. Getting food into the country is crucial but recent attacks around the country's major port of Hodeidah have made it extremely difficult.
Sajjad Mohammad Sajid head of Oxfam's programme in Yemen said:
"Urgent action is needed to get food into the country and move it from port to plate, along with vital fuel and medicines.
"All parties to this crisis must understand that the real enemy is famine. Efforts to avert a famine need to be backed up by political action to help end the fighting. The international backers of this war have put their narrow self-interest above humanity. They need to stop being arms brokers and start being peace brokers. Too many people have died, too many families have suffered, too many futures have been ruined."
UN hunger update report is here