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Clockwise from top left: Affected residents in war-hit Syria, Yemen and Iraq receiving relief materials supplied under the aegis of WFP recently.

Middle East: A Region in Emergency


Key numbers

  • 12.2 million people remain in need of humanitarian assistance
  • 7.6 million people internally displaced
  • 4 million people registered as refugees in neighboring countries


In Yemen, millions of people are being cut off from food, water, electricity and other basic needs in a rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation. Severe fuel shortages are expected to push people into hunger. Initial findings show that southern Yemen will have the highest number of food insecure people in the country. Yemen also has one of the highest child malnutrition rates in the world. Around half of all children under five are stunted; too short for their age as a result of malnutrition.

Key numbers

  • 6.1 million people severely food insecure
  • 3.5 million people reached with WFP’s emergency food assistance
  • 1.43 million newly internally displaced persons (OCHA)


More than three million Iraqis have been displaced by the conflict in Iraq since mid – June of 2014. The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate. WFP has provided food assistance through food rations or vouchers to more than 1.5 million internally displaced people in July 2015 – overcoming immense security challenges to reach both those living inside and outside camps.

Key numbers

  • 8.2 million people in need of humanitarian aid (Humanitarian Response Plan [HRP])
  • 3.1 million people displaced (IOM)
  • 251,000 Syrian Refugees in Iraq (UNHCR)

Source: WFP


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