Humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock horror a huge loss of life as fighting continues
A famine inflicting” big loss of life” could strike at any time in Yemen, as meat costs surge and the duel rages over the country’s main port, the UN humanitarian bos, Mark Lowcock, has warned.
Lowcock said that by the time an imminent famine is proven, it would be too late to stop it. Accelerating economic breakdown has caused prices of staples to increase by 30% at a time many millions of Yemenis were already acquiring it is very difficult to feed their families.
Meanwhile, fighting over the port of Hodeidah has limited its capacity, shut down its grain mills and shut the main road inland towards the capital, Sana’a, threatening a lifeline that has allowed aid agencies to reach 8 million people and stave off famine even further this year.
” One of the things about what takes place in famines is there’s a sudden breakdown of which you get no placard ,” Lowcock, the UN under-secretary for humanitarian affairs, told the Guardian on the eve of a UN nations general assembly meeting on Monday to discuss the Yemeni crisis.” When the collapse happens, it’s too late to is everything. There’s a huge loss of life very, very quickly. So that’s the questions we’re flagging .”
The offensive on Hodeidah is being led on the ground by forces from the United Arab Emirates( UAE) with Saudi air support. They are opposing Houthi rebels who have held the port since 2014. The UAE interrupted the attack at the opening up of July to allow time for peace talks, but the negotiations stalled and the offensive restarted on 7 September.