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Price of Bread Doubles in Yemen - Hunger Surges
October 12, 2011
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It's getting worse. In Yemen, all sorts of factors that the average citizen can't control (political instability, fuel shortages, the effects of drought) are contributing to the country's growing hunger problem. Food prices are increasing at an alarming rate - the cost of bread alone has doubled in the past six months - and in a country where bread is the staple and incomes are some of the lowest in the world, that's a really, really big problem.

The ongoing anti-government protests demanding that President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down have had the unfortunate side effect of political upheaval that has devastated the Yemeni economy; pro-government forces, independent military units and tribal militias are all vying for control of the state. And while all that vying is going on, many ordinary citizens continue to live in poverty.

The World Food Programme has been alleviating some of the effects of this crisis by providing food aid to 3.5 million Yemenis.

"The challenges to reach and meet the urgent needs of the most vulnerable are huge, especially in the midst of a very volatile security situation," said WFP's Yemen representative Lubna Alaman in a statement.

"In addition to feeding internally displaced people, WFP is also assisting refugees from the Horn of Africa [who have fled to Yemen], severely food insecure people affected by the high food prices, malnourished children and pregnant women and nursing mothers."

To get involved with the World Food Programme's efforts in Yemen, click here.

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