Yemen civil war: Widespread starvation forces people to eat food from rubbish dumps

Yemen civil war: Widespread starvation forces people to eat food from rubbish dumps
Image: YouTube screen grab via BBC News

Starvation and poverty provoked by the civil war in Yemen is so desperate that the country’s poorest are turning to rubbish for food.

A 45-year-old father trying to feed his family of 10 and a 12-year-old beggar trying to feed his four siblings have each told al-Jazeera this week how they are sifting through dumps to survive.

The United Nations estimates 370,000 children are at risk of starvation and two million are out of school due to the war.

The fighting since 2015, predominantly between the Houthi rebels and loyalists of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, has killed more than 10,000 people including approximately 4,000 civilians.

Mr Abdulla, from Sanaa’s Bait Bos neighbourhood, roams the city daily checking through rubbish piles for his family of 10.

“For several months, I have been out of work. I have not earned one single rial,” said Mahdi Abdulla.

“This has forced me to provide for my family by any means, including searching for food in the rubbish dumps or asking people for aid.

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