(CNN) – The number of people facing starvation in Yemen could rise to nearly 12 million as conflict intensifies around the port of Hodeidah, a vital aid delivery link, the World Food Programme told CNN Monday.
A collapsing currency and deteriorating economic situation in the Middle East’s poorest country are also aggravating the situation, the UN agency said.
“Civilians in Yemen are not starving, they are being starved. Let it be known that the worst famine on our watch is wholly man-made by Yemen’s local conflict parties and their international sponsors,” Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, said in a statement.
“Yemen has long been bombarded with air strikes and subjected to strangling tactics of war. Mass starvation is a deadly byproduct of actions taken by warring parties and the Western nations propping them up. The way the war is waged has systematically choked civilians by making less food available and affordable to millions of people,” he said.
WFP’s Anderson told CNN that conflict around Hodeidah is currently blocking the aid group’s access to wheat stocks there.
“When the people of truth remain quiet against falsehood, the people of falsehood start believing it is the truth.”
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