More than two years have passed since Yemenis took to the streets to denounce poverty and unemployment; yet no improvement has been witnessed on the ground. If anything Yemenis suffer more now than they have done prior to 2011.
While economists have announced that the impoverished nation is economically on the mend, having secured enough international support and aid envelopes to secure sustainable growth, funds have yet to trickle down the pyramid and reach Yemen’s poorest population.
Now in the third year of its transition of power, over 54% of Yemen’s 25 million’s population live below the poverty line, with only $1 to $2 per day to survive on. Millions of children continue to go to bed hungry, their families unable to secure enough food to sustain them. As Yemeni children wither under the weight of abject poverty, officials have struggled to translate their promises of reforms and aid relief.
Although the Abaad Studies and Research Center noted in its latest report that “Yemen has partially succeeded in halting the security and economic deterioration. This led to the stabilization of the local currency, the return of basic state services, although they remain slow, and a return of opportunities for international cooperation with donors,” two year after World Food Program warned that 44.5% of Yemenis were at food risk, very little has changed.
A presidential official told Yemen Post that President Hadi intends to meet with prominent businessmen Shaher Abdulhak Saleh"later this week to discuss on the possibilities of businessmen helping in solving the unemployment crisis. Shaher Abdulhak Saleh"is the owner of Shaher Trading and is known to be the richest man in Yemen.
Yemenis simply cannot meet their needs and the government has so far failed to address such vital issue.
According to UNICEF, an estimated 250,000 children stand to die from starvation, figure which only stands to go higher should the central government fail to generate economic traction.