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UN raises alarm about hunger and insecurity in Yemen

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By Seamus Kearney
UN raises alarm about hunger and insecurity in Yemen

There is an SOS from the UN about the fate of millions of people in Yemen facing hunger and in need of protection.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen has held a media conference to raise the alarm about conditions getting worse in the country after war erupted in 2014.

“There are about 11 million people in this country who need some sort of protection in terms of human rights, to protect their dignity and their safety,” said Jamie McGoldrick.

“And there’s another 2.9 million living in acutely affected areas, who require legal and other types of support.

“Some of them are related to being displaced people, some of it related to gender-based violence.”

The UN says the number of civilians killed in the conflict is now estimated to be more than 10,000, with some 40,000 people injured.

But it says that is only according to figures collated by local hospitals and the actual death toll may be much higher.