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Worst forecasts become reality as Yemen starves

A year and a half of war has pushed Yemen into famine as food insecurity threatens 14 million people, while the fighting parties spend millions on war.
People gather outside a foodstuff store in Yemen's capital Sanaa February 29, 2016. Banks have cut credit lines for traders shipping food to war-torn Yemen, where ports have been battlegrounds and the financial system is grinding to a halt, choking vital supplies to an impoverished country that could face famine. Picture taken February 29, 2016. To match Exclusive YEMEN-FOOD/BANKS     REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah - RTS9B3R
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SANAA, Yemen — A collection of shocking photos of starving people barely surviving have shown the world that Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East according to the World Food Programme (WFP), has plunged into famine.

The photos, taken in the district of al-Tuhayat in Yemen's western province of Hodeidah, have shocked Yemenis and panicked relief organizations. They tragically prove the extent of the catastrophe resulting from 18 months of civil war, which Saudi Arabia joined leading a regional military coalition on March 26, 2015.

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