19 Sep '11, 1am

Oxfam rings alarm bell on hunger in Yemen

SANAA (AFP) - One in every three Yemenis goes hungry every day because of months of political stalemate that has pushed the economy to the verge of collapse and the government towards total paralysis, Oxfam said on Monday. 'Widespread hunger and chronic malnutrition have taken hold in Yemen,' the international charity said in a report on the country of 22 million. It warned of impending 'calamity' if the international community does not immediately step up relief efforts in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula nation. More than 50 per cent of Yemeni children suffer from stunted growth because of chronic malnutrition, and a nationwide fuel crisis triggered by the political turmoil has driven rising levels of hunger across the country, Oxfam said. It said fuel prices, which have risen more than 500 per cent since protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh began in January, ...

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