Last week, we got a rare glimpse at one of the world’s worst hunger crises — Yemen — where a humanitarian blockade had restricted access for lifesaving supplies of food and medicine.
Last night, for the first time in three weeks, a ship carrying 55 million pounds of wheat grain from the World Food Programme (WFP) was able to dock at Al Salif port. Over the weekend, WFP-operated air services to Sana’a resumed with the agency operating two daily flights until the end of the month.
“The WFP team in Yemen is feeling extremely relieved that the blockade has eased,” says WFP Yemen Country Director Stephen Anderson. “With flights now resuming as well as humanitarian and commercial vessels also getting clearance to come in, more WFP teams and food supplies can enter Yemen to sustain our support to the seven million people already closest to the edge.”