Politics

Photos: Hunger in Yemen

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While staying in a camp for war displaced, Shamha as-Saadi, 5, was diagnosed malnourished and given a pink wristband to wear to show she has not been getting enough to eat.

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Skyboat Films

There is no famine in Yemen. There are no vultures looming over skeletal babies. No film cameras to record flies landing on hollowed faces. No pop concert to raise awareness.

Hunger in Yemen is not photogenic, but is rather the unfulfilled potential, lost dreams and gnawing pain passed from one generation to the next.

Yemeni children don’t grow up to be big and strong. A shocking 58 percent (just one percent behind the worst rate, Afghanistan) grow up stunted, physically and mentally less than their potential.

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    While staying in a camp for war displaced, Shamha as-Saadi, 5, was diagnosed malnourished and given a pink wristband to wear to show she has not been getting enough to eat.

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    Skyboat Films

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    Halima Haji Abdi fled the outbreak of Somalia's civil war and arrived in Yemen in 1991 aged 19. Selling tomatoes and working as a house maid helped her support her family after she was married in Basateen, a Somali-majority slum on the edge of Aden in south Yemen.

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    Skyboat Films

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    On Nov. 14, the World Food Program made its first distribution of wheat, beans, sugar and cooking oil to displaced families in north-west Yemen who have not been accommodated in an aid camp.

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    Skyboat Films

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    Every afternoon, the huge majority of Yemeni men chew the mildly narcotic leaves of the Qat plant.

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    Skyboat Films

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    Shamah as Saadi eats bread and potato stew with her brothers and sisters in Mazrak 1, a camp for Yemenis displaced by the war between government forces and the Huthi rebels.

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    Skyboat Films

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    Hunger stalks many Yemeni classrooms, with teachers reporting pupils fainting during lessons due to a lack of food.

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    Skyboat Films

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    Faris Ali, who is 8-months-old, should weigh 7 kilograms but at the medical clinic in Mazrak he weighed in at 5.5 kilograms, revealing that he suffers from moderate malnourishment.

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    Skyboat Films