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Yemen: Ramadan starts amid food shortages in Sana’a02:53

Yemen: Ramadan starts amid food shortages in Sana’a

Yemen, Sana’a
May 7, 2019 at 13:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

As Yemenis fast to observe the first day of Ramadan in Sana'a on Monday, many of the country's internally displaced are unsure where their next meal is coming from.

Khaled Al-Bahari, whose family was displaced from Hodeidah, spoke of the difficulties of living in the capital, Sana'a.

''I cannot provide one meal a day, as you have seen now. I have received a meal for 13 people, consisting of 4 loaves of bread and the rice [that is in] front of you that you just saw. 13 [people are] fasting people except these two [children]. and the rest is fasting with gods will,'' he said.

Al-Bahari was filmed queuing to receive humanitarian aid along with other refugees. A vendor named Mohammed Abdullah Semina said on camera that business is not going well this season.

''Turnout this year on the purchase became very weak because of the siege on Yemen land, sea and air blockade. It has become a difficult situation, the people [are] weak and food is not available,'' he said.

The war in Yemen begun in 2015 between the Houthis and the Saudi backed Hadi government.

The war has killed tens of thousands of people and left the country's economy in ruins. According to recent UN reports, almost 80 percent of the Yemeni population - some 24 million people - are in need of assistance and protection, with millions facing the plight of starvation.

Yemen: Ramadan starts amid food shortages in Sana’a02:53
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As Yemenis fast to observe the first day of Ramadan in Sana'a on Monday, many of the country's internally displaced are unsure where their next meal is coming from.

Khaled Al-Bahari, whose family was displaced from Hodeidah, spoke of the difficulties of living in the capital, Sana'a.

''I cannot provide one meal a day, as you have seen now. I have received a meal for 13 people, consisting of 4 loaves of bread and the rice [that is in] front of you that you just saw. 13 [people are] fasting people except these two [children]. and the rest is fasting with gods will,'' he said.

Al-Bahari was filmed queuing to receive humanitarian aid along with other refugees. A vendor named Mohammed Abdullah Semina said on camera that business is not going well this season.

''Turnout this year on the purchase became very weak because of the siege on Yemen land, sea and air blockade. It has become a difficult situation, the people [are] weak and food is not available,'' he said.

The war in Yemen begun in 2015 between the Houthis and the Saudi backed Hadi government.

The war has killed tens of thousands of people and left the country's economy in ruins. According to recent UN reports, almost 80 percent of the Yemeni population - some 24 million people - are in need of assistance and protection, with millions facing the plight of starvation.

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