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A girl eats boiled leaves from a local vine to stave off starvation, in the extremely impoverished district of Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen (AP photo by Hammadi Issa).

Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis Faces a ‘Tipping Point’ as the War Grinds On

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018

Editor's note: This article is part of an ongoing series on food security around the world.

As the war in Yemen enters its fifth year, the country’s population is coping with an increasingly severe shortage of food. The United Nations’ humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, said last week that three quarters of Yemenis need some form of humanitarian aid, and the situation is nearing a “tipping point, beyond which it will be impossible to prevent massive loss of life as a result of widespread famine across the country.” WPR spoke via email with Noha Aboueldahab, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Doha Center, for an update on the crisis and potential steps that can be taken to prevent the situation in Yemen from getting even worse. ...

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