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People in Yemen Eat Crumbs, Leaves to Stave off Famine

World | Associated Press | November 3, 2018, 9:16 am
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 They are among millions of Yemenis who lost everything — homes, jobs, loved ones — in nearly four years of civil war. The conflict has pushed the country of 29 million people to the brink of famine. At least 8 million have no food other than what aid agencies provide. (Image: AP)

They are among millions of Yemenis who lost everything — homes, jobs, loved ones — in nearly four years of civil war. The conflict has pushed the country of 29 million people to the brink of famine. At least 8 million have no food other than what aid agencies provide. (Image: AP)

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 The UN agencies are warning that at least 3.5 million others might slip into the pre-famine stage. Malnutrition, cholera, and other epidemic diseases like diphtheria ravaged through the displaced and the impoverished communities. (Image: AP)

The UN agencies are warning that at least 3.5 million others might slip into the pre-famine stage. Malnutrition, cholera, and other epidemic diseases like diphtheria ravaged through the displaced and the impoverished communities. (Image: AP)

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 Yahia Hussein has already lost a 5-month-old son who wasted away and died as they fled their village in northern Yemen. Now living in a camp for the displaced, he is running out of ways to feed his other four children. (Image: AP)

Yahia Hussein has already lost a 5-month-old son who wasted away and died as they fled their village in northern Yemen. Now living in a camp for the displaced, he is running out of ways to feed his other four children. (Image: AP)

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 His wife gives their children mouldy bread crumbs mixed with water and salt. Some days she feeds them a paste made of boiled leaves from a vine called

His wife gives their children mouldy bread crumbs mixed with water and salt. Some days she feeds them a paste made of boiled leaves from a vine called "Halas." (Image: AP)

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 A man prepares Halas, a climbing vine of green leaves, in Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen. The leaves are made into the green paste and used to be a traditional side dish, but at times of extreme poverty, it becomes the main meal. (Image: AP)

A man prepares Halas, a climbing vine of green leaves, in Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen. The leaves are made into the green paste and used to be a traditional side dish, but at times of extreme poverty, it becomes the main meal. (Image: AP)

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 People had to flee their border village of al-Shada because of non-stop strikes and shelling. Nearly four years of conflict has pushed the 29 million Yemenis to the brink of famine.  (Image: AP)

People had to flee their border village of al-Shada because of non-stop strikes and shelling. Nearly four years of conflict has pushed the 29 million Yemenis to the brink of famine.  (Image: AP)

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 Children sit in front of moldy bread in their shelter, in Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen. In a plastic washtub, the children's mother collects hard bread crumbs even those covered in mould, then mix with water, add salt, and give to her children. (Image: AP)

Children sit in front of moldy bread in their shelter, in Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen. In a plastic washtub, the children's mother collects hard bread crumbs even those covered in mould, then mix with water, add salt, and give to her children. (Image: AP)

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 They are among millions of Yemenis who lost everything — homes, jobs, loved ones — in nearly four years of civil war. The conflict has pushed the country of 29 million people to the brink of famine. (Image: AP)

They are among millions of Yemenis who lost everything — homes, jobs, loved ones — in nearly four years of civil war. The conflict has pushed the country of 29 million people to the brink of famine. (Image: AP)

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 A man cooks Halas for his children. (Image: AP)

A man cooks Halas for his children. (Image: AP)

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 The humanitarian disaster has come as the US-backed Saudi-led coalition since 2015 has waged a relentless campaign of airstrikes and imposed a blockade, aiming to uproot Shiite rebels known as Houthis, who took over northern and central Yemen. (Image: AP)

The humanitarian disaster has come as the US-backed Saudi-led coalition since 2015 has waged a relentless campaign of airstrikes and imposed a blockade, aiming to uproot Shiite rebels known as Houthis, who took over northern and central Yemen. (Image: AP)

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 A woman holds a malnourished boy at the Aslam Health Center, in Hajjah, Yemen. The UN agencies are warning that at least 3.5 million others might slip into the pre-famine stage. (Image: AP)

A woman holds a malnourished boy at the Aslam Health Center, in Hajjah, Yemen. The UN agencies are warning that at least 3.5 million others might slip into the pre-famine stage. (Image: AP)

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 Besides airstrikes, northern Yemen has also seen heavy barrages back and forth across the border with Saudi Arabia as Saudi forces battle rebels. (Image: AP)

Besides airstrikes, northern Yemen has also seen heavy barrages back and forth across the border with Saudi Arabia as Saudi forces battle rebels. (Image: AP)

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 A malnourished boy sits on a hospital bed at the Aslam Health Center, Hajjah, Yemen. The UN agencies are warning that at least 3.5 million others might slip into the pre-famine stage. Malnutrition, cholera, and other epidemic diseases like diphtheria ravaged through the displaced and the impoverished communities. (Image: AP)

A malnourished boy sits on a hospital bed at the Aslam Health Center, Hajjah, Yemen. The UN agencies are warning that at least 3.5 million others might slip into the pre-famine stage. Malnutrition, cholera, and other epidemic diseases like diphtheria ravaged through the displaced and the impoverished communities. (Image: AP)

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