Yemeni men carry WFP food aid to help families affected by the ongoing conflict between loyalist forces and Houthi rebels, in the capital Sanaa. AFP / MOHAMMED HUWAIS
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While grain silos in many Western countries may overflow this winter, tens of millions of people risk going without food as hunger is being used more than ever as a weapon of war. More than 50 million people living in 17 conflict-ridden countries are in "severe food insecurity," two U.N. agencies warned recently.In Yemen, 14 million people – over half the population – are now considered to be facing a food crisis or emergency.The same goes for parts of northeastern Nigeria, which has borne the brunt of an insurgency by Boko Haram Islamists since 2009, and where the aid group Doctors Without Borders estimates half a million people face a humanitarian catastrophe.Thousands of hungry people forced from their homes by fighting there had to wait until the end of July to receive their first food aid.The FAO estimates that only 1.9 million tons of wheat will be harvested this year in Syria, less than half of the 4 million tons it produced before the war.
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