Richard Ragan, the representative of the World Food Program (WFP) in Yemen, confirmed that the recent UN truce brought hope to the Yemenis, and facilitated the movement of organizations and the distribution of aid, hoping to establish it permanently.
Ragan described the food situation in Yemen as “catastrophic”, especially with the repercussions of the Ukrainian crisis, which he expected to raise food prices by about 30 percent.
The work of the World Food Program covers 333 Yemeni districts, with the exception of the northern governorate of Hajjah, according to the representative of the program, who attributed this to the “military confrontations taking place in that region.”
He continued, “We provide food to about 16 million Yemenis, including 3 million in schools, along with mothers.”
Pregnant women who need more nutrition, and we have programs to help those who work, and to provide them with food.”
The UN official pointed out that “13 million suffer from hunger and malnutrition in Yemen.