WFP to send food aid to 14 million Yemenis ‘to avert mass starvation’


A malnourished boy lies on a bed at a malnutrition treatment center in Sanaa, Yemen October 7, 2018. Picture taken October 7, 2018. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Food Programme plans to double its food assistance program for Yemen, aiming to reach up to 14 million people “to avert mass starvation”, it said in a statement on Thursday.

“Yemen is the largest hunger crisis in the world. Millions of people are living on the edge of famine and the situation is getting worse by the day,” said WFP, which is already providing food assistance to 7-8 million Yemenis.

Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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