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Yemen: charities can’t agree on likelihood of famine

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 31 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4574
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. London

A water delivery point in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. Millions of children and adults across the war torn country rely on aid organisations to provide clean water

Mohammed Mohammed/Xinhua/PA

A lack of good data is making it difficult to assess whether Yemen faces an imminent threat of famine, after three years of civil war.

The United Nations, which is already coordinating food aid for eight million Yemenis, has been warning of a possible famine since early 2017. Most recently Mark Lowcock, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told the Security Council in New York, “There is now a clear …

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