The Economist brings our attention to the possibility of famine in Yemen in a short but insightful article. The picture of Anisa and her daughter Amina is powerful and their story is tragic but unfortunately not unique to Yemen, Egypt or many countries in Africa. Excerpts below:
Anisa is only 18, but already a mother of two and a widow. She married her husband, a fisherman, at 13. He “fell in the sea”, she says, and never came back. Life was just bearable before the political crisis ... Anisa’s father, a barber, gave what he could. Neighbours helped with food and money. This community spirit has long cushioned suffering in a country aid workers have described as “on the brink” for decades ... Anisa has no way of paying off the 20,000 riyals ($90) she owes for water, and worries about getting more. She and her daughters now eat twice a day when others can spare food or money: tea, bread, rice, maybe some fish if they are lucky.