Famine pushes war-weary Yemenis to commit suicide

Murad Arif – June 18, 2017

The almost three-year conflict in impoverished Yemen has devastated the country and left millions of people on the verge of starvation.

There were several reports of Yemenis committing suicide to escape their worsening living conditions in the war-torn country.

Early this month, a mother and her two daughters had committed suicide in the central Ibb province over their economic situation.

“The worsening economic condition had forced the mother to kill herself and her two children after her husband dumped the family,” local relief worker Mustafa Ziadi told Anadolu Agency.

A week before this incident, a police officer killed himself after his salary was suspended as a result of the ongoing conflict in the country.

http://aa.com.tr

Letters from Venezuela: This Is What Life Is Really Like in a Post-Collapse Society

Daisy Luther- June 5, 2017

If you ever wondered what life was really like in a post-collapse society, look no further than Venezuela. Today, I’d like to share a first-hand report of everyday life there.

The country has been on the way down since a socialist government destroyed the economy. Here’s a quick timeline:

  • Private ownership of guns was banned in 2012. Then things began to go downhill in a hurry.
  • In 2013, preppers were relabeled “hoarders” and the act of stocking up became illegal.
  • In 2014, the government instituted a fingerprint registry for those who wished to buy food to ensure they didn’t take more than their “share.”
  • In 2015, things began to devolve more quickly as electricity began to be rationed and farmers were forced to turn over their harvests to the government.
  • 2016 brought the announcement that folks were on their own – there was simply not enough food. As well, despite the rationing, an electricity shortage was announced.
  • 2016 also brought the news that the country was out of everything: food, medicine, and nearly all basic necessities. People were dying of starvation and malnourishment made other illnesses even worse. Hyperinflation brought exorbitant prices, like $150 for a dozen eggs.
  • Now, civil war is near (if not already happening.) They’re calling it “protests” but violence between the people and the government is ongoing. This rage is stoked by wealthy Venezuelans who enjoy luxurious meals, fabulous parties, and lush accommodations while the rest of the country struggles to find a bag of rice they can afford. Let them eat cake?

It appears there is no end in sight to the tribulations of the Venezuelans.

http://www.shtfplan.com

Intensify efforts to tackle invasion by armyworms

Business Daily – April 9, 2017

Reports of an armyworm invasion in parts of the country is yet another  hurdle in the unending food insecurity facing Kenyans.

Kenya is already grappling with drought and famine, which have left nearly three million people facing starvation.

The Ministry of Agriculture says that it has already deployed a team of scientists and other experts to inspect maize fields in Trans Nzoia that have been invaded by the worms.

This is commendable as the country cannot afford another serious dent to its food production sector.

That the worm invasion has been reported in a section of the country’s maize belt is extremely worrying, especially as the government continues to muster a response to the famine and drought woes.

http://www.businessdailyafrica.com

UN: World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945

BBC – March 10, 2017

The world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, the United Nation’s humanitarian chief said as he pleaded for help to avoid “a catastrophe”.

Stephen O’Brien said more than 20 million people face the threat of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.

Unicef has already warned 1.4m children could starve to death this year.

Mr O’Brien said $4.4bn (£3.6bn) was needed by July to avert disaster.

“We stand at a critical point in history,” Mr O’Brien told the Security Council on Friday. “Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations.”

“Now, more than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine. Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from disease.

http://www.bbc.com

Four Famines Mean 20 Million May Starve in the Next Six Months

– February 16, 2017

Geneva: More than 20 million people – greater than the population of Romania or Florida – risk dying from starvation within six months in four separate famines, UN World Food Programme chief economist Arif Husain says.

Wars in Yemen, northeastern Nigeria and South Sudan have devastated households and driven up prices, while a drought in East Africa has ruined the agricultural economy.

“In my not quite 15 years with the World Food Programme, this is the first time that we are literally talking about famine in four different parts of the world at the same time,” he told Reuters in an interview.

“It’s almost overwhelming to comprehend that in the 21st century people are still experiencing famines of such magnitude. We’re talking about 20 million people, and all this within the next six months, or now. Yemen is now, Nigeria is now, South Sudan is now,” he said.

“Somalia, when I look at the indicators in terms of extremely high food prices, falling livestock prices and agricultural wages, it’s going to come pretty fast.”

https://thewire.in

Venezuela’s “Death Spiral” – A Dozen Eggs Cost $150 As Hyperinflation Horrors Hit Socialist Utopia

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Tyler Durden – September 14. 2016

For many Venezuelans, by every economic, social and political measure, their nation is unravelling at breakneck speed.

Severe shortages of food, clean water, electricity, medicines and hospital supplies punctuate a dire scenario of crime-ridden streets in the impoverished neighborhoods of this nearly failed OPEC state, which at one time claimed to be the most prosperous nation in Latin America.

Today, a once comfortable middle-class Venezuelan father is scrambling desperately to find his family’s next meal — sometimes hunting through garbage for salvageable food. The unfortunate 75% majority of Venezuelans already suffering extreme poverty are reportedly verging on starvation.

Darkness is falling on Hugo Chavez’s once-famous “Bolivarian revolution” that some policy experts, only a short time ago, thought would never end.

http://www.zerohedge.com

Nigeria In Midst of Devastating Famine

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MICHELLE FAUL – September 9, 2016

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The whimpers from skeletally thin babies too weak to cry are a harbinger of worse things to come: A quarter of the children lucky enough to make it to this emergency feeding center are dying. They are the latest victims of Boko Haram’s Islamic insurgency.

No one knows how many more children are dying of starvation in refugee camps and areas too dangerous to access because of the extremists’ presence, according to Doctors Without Borders, which runs the emergency feeding center. The aid group first sounded the alarm of a humanitarian crisis of “catastrophic” proportion in northeast Nigeria as Boko Haram lost its grip on some areas and its victims began to emerge.

“These are kids that basically have been hungry all their lives, and some are so far gone that they die here in the first 24 hours,” said Jean Stowell, an American midwife in charge of the center in Maiduguri, the biggest city in this largely Muslim region.

http://www.usnews.com

1,200 Christians Have Died From Starvation And Disease After Muslim Terrorists Cut Off Food And Water To Refugee Camp

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Walid Shoebat – June 26, 2016

Now these people are real refugees.

Thanks to Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram, thousands of people, most of them Christians, have been forced to flee for their lives to refugee camps or risk being enslaved or murdered by these terrorists as the government battles the terrorists. However, due to the fighting, the terrorists have reduced and been able to almost completely cut off food and water supplies, and so far 1,200 people and counting are dying every day from starvation as easily curable illnesses such as diarrhea:

http://freedomoutpost.com

MSF: Nearly 200 die of starvation at Nigerian refugee camp

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DW – June 22, 2016

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Wednesday warned of a “catastrophic humanitarian emergency” unfolding at a camp sheltering refugees who fled the Boko Haram militant group in northeast Nigeria.

“Since 23 May, at least 188 people have died in the camp – almost six people per day,” MSF said in a statement, adding that the deaths were mainly caused by starvation and dehydration.

http://www.dw.com