The humanitarian situation in Yemen is now one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. The United Nations estimates that more than 80% of the population (21.2 million) are in need of humanitarian aid. 14.4 million require food assistance, of which 7.6 million are currently considered severely food insecure. Around 2.5 million people have been displaced since March 2015 and basic services have been severely affected. Even before the current crisis Yemen was the poorest country in the Middle East, and faces a range of deep-seated development challenges including high levels of poverty, food insecurity, high population growth, a weak economy and gender inequality.
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