There are only two to four people around a huge dish. In the dish there is a roast of a big goat or small camel with biryani, around which there are many fruits. There are also many soft drinks.
This is a common picture of a small feast of any family in Saudi Arabia. There is no shortage of food that is normally consumed at home.
However, the harrowing pictures of Yemen, the neighbor of the oil-rich country Saudi Arabia, are quite the opposite. Almost 1.5 crore (15 million) people in the country are unable to afford food and water. They don’t know when their next meal will come.
But they are not responsible for this, the situation has been created due to the attacks of Saudi Arabia. It is the unfortunate that this defeat of humanity does not shake Saudi Arabia and its western allies.
According to the information of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture of Saudi Arabia in 2018, the country is in the top position in terms of food waste in the world. About 30 percent of the world's food is wasted there. One Saudi citizen wastes about 250kg of foods a year, and the total financial value of foods wasted by Saudi citizens may be 13.07 billion US dollars!
About 59.4% people in Saudi Arabia suffer from overweight due to uncontrolled food habit. In addition to, 23.9 percent people are suffering from diabetics and 40.5 percent are suffering from hypertension.
Saudi Arabia is located in the north border of Yemen. Saudi Arabia's behavior towards its neighbor, despite a country of same religion people, is cruel. For last five years, Riyadh has been attacking the country only for establishing political supremacy.
About 2.01 crore people out three crore (30 million) people of Yemen are now facing food shortage due to attack of Saudi Arabia. Of which, 1.44 crore people are at risk of death in the food crisis.
The food crisis is particularly harsh for children. There are many children who are hungry and are in the most extreme form of malnutrition. They are too weak to cry. All the fat reserves in their bodies have been used up, they are left only with bones. About 36.50 lakh people have been displaced due to Saudi attack.
According to World Food Organization, 1.59 crore people in Yemen wake up every morning with hungry.
UNICEF estimates that about 18 to 28 lakh children in the country are at risk of food insecurity and serious malnutrition.
According to World Food Organization, when a man in Saudi Arabia sucks in a bottle of soft drink to quench thirst, then about 1.93 crore people in Yemen are to pass through lack of safe drinking water. Due to lack of safe drinking water, over 10 lakh people were affected by cholera in last two years.
Foods, which are wasted in a year in Saudi Arabia, can meet food demand of three crore people in Yemen all the year round.
It is the truth that the Saudi rulers have no time to look at the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. That is way, Premendra Mitra questioned them: “Skeleton bodies of these little children on the streets – no food/ the bone of Dodhichi is more hard than it?
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