The Yemen Trend - October 2018 Issue

In October, UN Relief Chief Mark Lowcock warned the Security Council that the prospect of famine has drawn nearer since his September briefing, and that he had likely under-estimated the scale of the crisis. “The total number of people facing pre-famine conditions, meaning they are entirely reliant on external aid for survival, could soon reach not 11 million but 14 million,” he said, warning that the country is on the verge of the largest famine in decades. The food security monitor FEWS NET further warned that Famine (IPC Phase 5) could result from the continued deterioration of the riyal, even if imports through Hodeidah are not blocked. With pressure mounting over the humanitarian crisis

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