Children forced to beg or work as hunger eclipses fear of Covid-19 in Yemen

The Muslim Times


Hikes in food, water and petrol prices adds to ‘triple emergency’, as coronavirus spreads unchecked and humanitarian aid dwindles

Yemeni children wait to get food rations from a charity group in Sana’a, Yemen, on 4 May 2020. According to reports, nearly 80 percent of Yemen’s 27 million-population rely on humanitarian aid.
 A rise in child marriage has also been reported as families struggle to feed their children. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

Families in Yemen are having to send their children out to work and to beg as concerns mount over rising food, water and petrol prices, a survey has found.

Despite coronavirus spreading undetected across the war-ravaged nation, data collected from more than 150 households in three provinces of southern Yemen found that respondents were more worried about going hungry than contracting Covid-19. The International Rescue Committee (IRC), which led the survey, found nearly two-thirds (62%) of respondents reported being unable to afford food and drinking water. Prices for sugar and vegetable oil have jumped by more than 25%

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