For the one million children in Yemen facing malnutrition and possible starvation, the problem is one of money and not of availability. Political events in recent years have driven food costs up as much as 60 percent, so that parents struggle to afford food for their families at the markets.
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“There has been political turmoil for the past one-and-a-half years that has resulted in electricity supply shortage, resulting in an increase in fuel prices,” Joy Singhal, Oxfam’s deputy director in Yemen, said on Wednesday.
“That has had a direct impact on people’s capacity to engage in productive employment … limited earnings in the family, and that has resulted in a lack of purchasing power to be able to access the food and access the market.”