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U.S. Food for Peace donation arrives in Yemen

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A U.S. bulk carrier has brought 7,300 metric tons of wheat to the port of Hudaydah in Yemen. The United Nations said today the wheat is part of a donation from the United States Food for Peace program.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) will distribute the food to around 2.8 million Yemenis suffering from hunger.

WFP Country Director Bishow Parajuli says, “This latest shipment ensures that we can meet all our food needs under our current emergency operation. WFP is grateful to the Government and people of the United States for their consistent support in helping us meet this crucial challenge.”

Starting in July WFP will be launching a massive relief operation to feed six million people in Yemen. The UN food agency relies completely on voluntary donations. Food for Peace is the largest donor to WFP operations.

Yemen suffers from a high rate of hunger and malnutrition. Almost 5 million Yemenis are considered severely food insecure, meaning they depend on assistance from WFP to survive. Years of conflict and political instability have increased hunger in the country.