Over 75% of Yemeni population living below poverty line, UNDP says
The United Nations had on Thursday announced that the continuation of the Saudi-led coalition countries’ war would make Yemen the poorest country in the world.
The poverty rate in the country rose from 47% in 2014 to over 75% by the end of 2019, a report issued by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said.
The report revealed that 79% of Yemenis live below the poverty line.
UNDP representative in Yemen, Auke Lootsma, said the war in Yemen “not only caused Yemen to become the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, but also plunged it into a terrible development crisis.”
Lootsma added, “the ongoing crisis threatens to make Yemen’s population the poorest in the world – a burden that the country, which is already suffering, cannot afford.”
Since March 2015, Yemen has been subjected to war by the Saudi and UAE-led coalition, which has killed more than 50,000 civilians and injured thousands, in addition to the destruction of the basic infrastructure of the country.
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.