Confirmed media reports state how Yemen’s Houthi militants have now destroyed tonnes of food aid on the pretext that it was expired. Food aid had been held up for months in the country at a checkpoint, due to which the aid never reached the deserving.
It comes to light that these packets were lying at the Houthi held check post since November 2018 and since then not sent out to the needing and deserving. The process of selection was based on a biometric system which was never implemented by the Houthi militia.
As a result, the food packets outlived their shelf life and developed maggot growths in them.
Yemen is suffering from the worst kind of food shortage at the moment. The World Food Programme, a United Nations-led program has made an official statement stating that “the agency distributes more than 130,000 metric tonnes of food each month in Yemen despite “operational challenges” linked to the complex conflict in Yemen.
Fighting in Yemen, a UN report says has been designated as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with 3.3 million people still displaced and 24.1 million – more than two-thirds of the population – in need of aid.
Earlier, the UN-supported program has to send out a strict word of caution to the Houthi forces, to stop siphoning and meddling with the distribution process, else they would be forced to withdraw all aid to the Houthi occupied areas in Yemen.
While in December 2018, Houthi forces had signed an agreement to cooperate, till August now, stealing of supplies and smuggling has been reported heavily by the media. The hold up of food aid on various check posts in Yemen is an act of retaliation by the Houthi forces which continues to add on to the misery of the common man who is left dwindling between factions that are fighting for ownership of Yemen.