Yemen: External Situation Report, second half of August 2013 [EN/AR]
I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES
- WFP operations remain fully operational amid the fragile and unpredictable security environment. In August, WFP targeted 4.6 million food insecure people in Yemen and aims to reach a similar number in September.
II. SITUATION UPDATE
Yemen is in the midst of a political transition and a humanitarian crisis, with more than ten million people—almost half the country’s population—either hungry or on the edge of hunger. Child malnutrition rates are among the highest in the world with close to half of Yemen’s children under five years—two million children—stunted and one million acutely malnourished.
In 2013, WFP has successfully scaled-up its humanitarian assistance to assist five million people: 600,000 IDPs, 325,000 children under two with preventative nutrition activities, 200,000 children under five with nutrition treatment activities, 157,000 pregnant and lactating women with nutrition support, and 3.8 million people under emergency safety net (ESN) activities.
The context is characterised by heightened insecurity and the threat of abduction of international staff. Infighting and tribal conflicts continue throughout Yemen. The overall deteriorating context has not, however, affected WFP operations in the country.
Three significant security challenges remain in Yemen: al-Houthi militants in the north, southern secessionists, and the increasing presence of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants throughout large portions of the country.
After a break, the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) resumed and will conclude on 18 September.