SANAA: The UK-based international NGO Oxfam reported on Thursday that bread prices in Yemen have spiked up to 35 per cent. The Russian invasion has disrupted grain and cooking oil supplies to Yemen, however, the country’s 42% of grain imports are highly dependent on Ukraine.
“In a capital city Sanaa, bread went up 35 per cent over the week that fighting broke out in Ukraine,” Oxfam said in a statement.
“The human cost of the war in Yemen is rising sharply as the conflict enters its eighth year, with the number of civilian deaths increasing sharply, hunger on the rise and three-quarters of the population in urgent need of humanitarian support,” Oxfam added.
Yemen has been into eight-year-long civil war since 2014, when a revolutionary movement Houthis took control of the provinces of Saada and Jawf. The Houthis then took control of the Demag region in the Saada and Amran provinces in 2014, and seized the capital Sana’a in September 2014, taking a huge number of ministries and military institutions.
According to the United Nation report, more than 3 million people displaced from their homes since 2015. Meanwhile, half of the million Yemenis have lost their jobs.
Further, the UN declared the worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen with 80% of the population needing aid and protection.