DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to combat hunger amid the coronavirus pandemic, recognition that shines light on vulnerable communities across the Middle East and Africa that the U.N. agency seeks to help, those starving and living in war zones that may rarely get the world’s attention.
From Yemen to South Sudan, food insecurity is a growing scourge, made worse by a mixture of military conflict, environmental disaster and the economic fallout of the pandemic. Last year alone, the Rome-based organization provided aid to almost 100 million people in 88 countries. Here’s a look at some of those places:
In war-torn Yemen, described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, millions depend each month on WFP for survival. In the nearly six years of conflict between the Iran-backed Houthi rebels and a Saudi-led military coalition, the