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The Cost of Feeding Yemen as War Rages On

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Yemen’s war has proven to be far more than just another failed attempt at enforcing a certain socio-political reality. As it were, the cost of keeping Yemen afloat, and by that I mean the funds which have been allocated to alleviate such plagues as famine, cholera, and overall misery is fast becoming an unsustainable burden on the international community.

The UNHCR categorised Yemen’s humanitarian as the worst in the world. “Nearly four years of conflict has forced more than 4.3 million people to leave their homes, and an estimated 80 percent of the population – 24 million people – are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.”

Yemen is in such a dilapidated state in fact that it would currently take the war-torn nation an estimated 20 years to return to its pre-war level of food security at a juncture in time when the United Nations intends to eradicate world hunger within the decade. Yemen is by all accounts lagging dramatically … courtesy of a long drawn-out war no one party feels inclined to end.

And though the burden of peace should of course fall on those who started it all, one cannot help but wonder just how long will Yemen be made to endure the intolerable, and maybe more to the point, what will be left of the nation once the cannons finally quiet down. Victory may not need be military, but rather exists in the formulation of a political solution that would focus on conflict resolution and economic........

© New Eastern Outlook