World Food Day 2018
Tackling Famine in Yemen
The World Food Day theme for 2018 is about creating a world with zero hunger by 2030. We couldn’t agree more; we work in countries across the world with our ‘Feed Our World’ appeal, feeding millions of people worldwide, both with emergency meals and food packs to save people in danger of starvation, and also with sustainable agricultural projects which will empower whole communities to lift themselves out of hunger and poverty.
Beyond providing daily meals, we distribute food hampers, gift essential household items and clothing and provide healthcare and medicine. We work closely with families to support them to feed their children and ultimately become financially independent.
One of the countries we work with in an emergency capacity is Yemen. Yemen is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, with millions at risk of famine. The ongoing war in Yemen is causing food prices to soar across the country, in what many people are calling the worst man-made humanitarian crisis of our time. Around 75% of the population – 22.2 million people – are in need of humanitarian assistance, including 11.3 million people in acute need who urgently require immediate help just to survive.
The UN warns that over 13 million people are facing starvation in Yemen, and that the famine they are witnessing is “the worst famine in the world in 100 years”. With continued attacks and outbreaks of cholera alongside severe malnutrition, the people of Yemen are in urgent need of healthcare and medicine.
Penny Appeal has been working inside Yemen to provide life-saving food and critical medical support. In Ramadan alone, we distributed almost 35,000 meals to individuals and families crippled by poverty in Yemen. We also work year-round to help the Yemeni people in this time of need. We have been providing urgent care during outbreaks of Cholera, administering vaccinations and providing medical supplies to health centres.
On World Food Day 2018, we need to remember the people around the world who aren’t as fortunate as ourselves. The situation in Yemen is heart-breaking, but you can make a difference.
Donate £50 to provide life-saving food to a family in Yemen today
MONDAY 15 OCT 2018