This Ramadan season, it’s important for us all to think about worldwide hunger. After all, an important Ramadan tradition is fasting, which is abstaining from eating and drinking. But refraining from eating and drinking will make anyone realize what it means to be hungry, how it feels and drains the human spirit both mentally and physically. And, unfortunately, that’s exactly what many Yemenis are currently experiencing.
The poorest country in the Arab world, Yemen, has been experiencing numerous crises that none of us could ever imagine. 3.6 million Yemenis had to flee their homes to elsewhere in the country, scores of attacks have left half of the nation’s medical facilities in tatters, and a cholera outbreak has sickened 2.3 million Yemenis, killing nearly 4,000. According to BBC News, an estimated 2 million children are malnourished, including almost 360,000 children under five years old. As a result, The United Nations classifies nearly one-quarter of the population of 30 million as malnourished.
According to the UN, Yemen is the largest humanitarian crisis in the world! Then the coronavirus hit, and Yemen hasn’t had a functioning health system facing the pandemic. With only half of the country’s 3,500 medical facilities fully functioning, almost 20 million people lack access to quality healthcare. And almost 18 million do not have enough clean water or access to the right sanitation. More than 40% of Yemeni households are estimated to have lost their primary source of income and, consequently, find it difficult to buy even the minimum amount of food, stated by The World Bank.
To date, Embrace Relief has distributed hundreds of food packages to Yemeni families, but there are still so many more who desperately need help. In the spirit of Ramadan 2021, please consider donating to help us supply and deliver more packages, which cost $65 each due to the magnitude of the humanitarian issue in Yemen. Each package contains:
We at Embrace Relief thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness, understanding, and generosity.