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From ReliefWeb:

The Japanese government has given $16 million to the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) to help with Yemen’s famine. 8.4 million people in Yemen rely on food assistance and more than 60% of the population does not know where their next meal will come from.

“WFP is extremely grateful to the government and people of Japan for the generous support that enables WFP and its partners to provide life-saving assistance to the people of Yemen. These funds come amid unprecedented and unacceptable levels of hunger that have swept over Yemen following three years of conflict,” said WFP Yemen Country Director Stephen Anderson. “Japan’s contribution to WFP, together with support from other donors, helps to ensure the humanitarian situation does not destabilize further while giving millions of Yemenis hope for peace and a better future.”

“We are very concerned about the humanitarian situation in Yemen,” commented the Embassy of Japan to Yemen. “Japan and its people are determined to continue our efforts to alleviate people’s suffering in the country and food security is one of the main pillars we focus on.”