UN warns about ‘imminent’ risk of famine in Yemen

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock said “there is now a clear and present danger of an imminent and great big famine engulfing Yemen,” in a speech to the UN Security Council in New York on Tuesday.

The UN humanitarian chief described the situation as “much bigger than anything any professional in this field has encountered during their working lives.” Lowcock said that a previous estimate that 11 million people faced “pre-famine conditions” and needed external aid to survive was wrong and the number actually stood at 14 million.

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