Yemen, a country currently torn asunder by larger regional and global powers fighting proxy wars on its lands, faces millions of deaths from famine if a Saudi-led blockade is not lifted.
Millions of people will die in Yemen, in what will be the world's worst famine crisis in decades, unless a Saudi-led military coalition ends a devastating blockade and allows aid into the country, the United Nations has warned. The Saudi-led alliance fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen tightened its air, land and sea blockade of the country after a ballistic missile was fired on Saturday towards the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia, with U.S. and U.K. support , is waging a war against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Saudis believe that the Houthis are being supported by Iran, their regional rival. This war has led to outbreaks of cholera and now, possibly famine. According to Mark Lowcock, the UN's humanitarian chief, the famine in Yemen will be uniquely catastrophic.
"It will not be like the famine that we saw in South Sudan earlier in the year, where tens of thousands of people were affected. It will not be like the famine which cost 250,000 people their lives in Somalia in 2011," he added. "It will be the largest famine the world has seen in many decades, with millions of victims."