Photo of elderly couple sharing bread is heartbreaking reality of Yemen crisis
A touching photo published by the International Committee of the Red Cross on Monday showed an elderly woman in an improvised neighborhood in Aden share her bread with an elderly man.
The photo greatly reflects the country’s humanitarian situation which has worsened ever since the Houthis staged their coup and dragged the country into war.
“A woman in one of Aden’s impoverished neighborhoods shares her bread with a man,” the ICRC said on Twitter.
“Before the conflict erupted in 2015, nearly half of Yemenis lived below the poverty line. As of 2017, the World Bank estimates that number has increased to 62%,” it added.
According to humanitarian relief groups, the hunger crisis in Yemen has affected around 17 million out of 27.5 million people.
On Monday, Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohamed al-Jaber said on Twitter that the Saudi kingdom has aided more than 1 million Yemenis “whom the Houthis are behind their starvation” during one month after the comprehensive humanitarian operations plan kicked off.
“We will continue to support our brothers in all fields until Yemen is happy again,” he added.