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28 Apr 2017 description


The Global Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The report is part of FAO’s EWEA system, which aims to translate forecasts and early warnings into anticipatory action.

28 Apr 2017 description

by Alex de Waal

Stephen O’Brien, head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, briefed the UN Security Council on March 10 on the famine in South Sudan and the dangers of imminent famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. O’Brien made a clear call to action. His opening words were, however, hyberbolic: “We stand at a critical point in history. Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations.”

28 Apr 2017 description

FAO and WFP urge swift action to prevent hunger deaths in four countries hit by conflict

28 April 2017, Rome - The leaders of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have called on the international community to urgently step up action to prevent further hunger deaths in four countries stalked by famine: north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

28 Apr 2017 description

based on the Emergency Food Security and Nutrition Assessment (EFSNA)

28 Apr 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • As the conflict in Yemen enters its third year, children and their families are struggling to survive. Without access to basic services, every ten minutes a child dies of preventable causes and many more are dying from conflict related causes.

  • Two years since the escalation of the conflict, Yemen is witnessing the highest numbers of malnourished children. Nearly 2.2 million children severely and acutely malnourished are now 11 times more at risk of death as compared to their healthy peers.

28 Apr 2017 description

The world faces one of the largest food crises in 70 years, with 30 million people in four countries — northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen — suffering severe acute food insecurity. If no action is taken, millions may die of hunger.

28 Apr 2017 description

Mid-season rains perform very poorly in much of the Horn of Africa

Key Messages

Seasonal rainfall has performed very poorly during the month of April in much of the Horn of Africa, following a delayed onset and well below-average rainfall over many areas. During this time, some of the worst drought-affected areas, including much of Somalia, northeastern Kenya, and southeastern Ethiopia, receiving little or no rainfall.

28 Apr 2017 description
report Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief’s Chief Executive urged governments to “find it in your hearts to do more to assist the people of Yemen” when he speaks at a crucial aid pledging conference in Geneva on April 25.

“The scale of the crisis in Yemen cannot be overstated,” Naser Haghamed said in his speech at the conference, which was jointly hosted by the UN and the Governments of Switzerland and Sweden. “Unless we all step up to the plate and increase aid, unless we hear the cries of the Yemeni people, tens of thousands of lives could be lost in the coming months.”

27 Apr 2017 description

During the past month, the number of vessels arriving into Al Hudyadah has remained constant, as has the pace of discharge and number of vessels at anchorage. There has been no rapid increase nor decrease. As demonstrated in the table found at the bottom of the second page, there has been a delay the arrival of more than 50% of the expected vessels.

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27 Apr 2017 description

More than 20 million people across four countries risk facing starvation and water shortages within six months. Wars in Yemen, north-eastern Nigeria and South Sudan have devastated livelihoods and collapsed economies, with famine already declared a reality in parts of South Sudan. Conflict and violence in all four countries have impeded physical and economic access to food, particularly as a result of the disruption of livelihoods and markets, as well as distorted access to land and employment.

27 Apr 2017 description


  • International donors participate in high-level pledging event for Yemen crisis on April 25

  • USG agencies commit an additional $94 million in humanitarian funding for the Yemen response

  • UN officials warn parties to conflict against launching a military offensive in the vicinity of Al Hudaydah Port, noting humanitarian concerns


26 Apr 2017 description
report Save the Children

Children’s lives have been torn apart after two years of brutal armed conflict in Yemen. They have been bombed, starved and denied the chance to go to school with a staggering 10.3 million children in need of humanitarian and protection assistance.

26 Apr 2017 description
report Save the Children

General Overview

Since mid-March 2015, conflict in Yemen has spread to 21 of Yemen’s 22 governorates prompting a large-scale protection crisis and compounding an already dire humanitarian crisis brought on by years of poverty, poor governance, conflict and ongoing instability.

• The total number of people in need of humanitarian assistance is 18.8 million or 70% of the population, including 10.3 million children.

• 7,684 people including 4,773 civilians have now been killed, and over 42,553 injured of whom 8,272 are civilians.

26 Apr 2017 description
report Theirworld

Hundreds of schools have been bombed or closed - but the international community has not done enough to support education, according to Save the Children.

International leaders are failing to help reopen schools and get children back into education in Yemen, according to a charity.

Save the Children said education continues to suffer greatly due to the ongoing war, with little international financial help - despite 1660 schools having been bombed or closed.

Many more schools are at imminent risk of closure because teachers have not been paid for six months.

26 Apr 2017 description

by Dominik Stillhart, Director of Operations, ICRC

We are on the brink of a humanitarian mega-crisis unprecedented in recent history. The spectre of famine looms large over parts of Africa and the Middle East.

We must act now. What is needed is a broad and massive scaling up of support from the international community. If we treat this as "business as usual", the long-term cost in human lives will only rise.

The consequences of not dedicating the resources to avert these disasters and address their root causes could affect us all.