U.S. demining support enables access to desperately needed food aid at Yemen’s Red Sea Mills


SUMMARY: The Red Sea Mills sits on the outskirts of the Yemeni coastal city of Hudaydah and has served as one of the United Nations (UN) World Food Program’s (WFP) primary wheat storage and processing facilities during the ongoing conflict between the government of Yemen and Iran-back Houthi forces. Until September 2018, the Red Sea Mills stored and distributed approximately 25 percent of the WFP’s wheat in Yemen, playing a significant role in feeding millions of Yemenis who lack regular access to food, clean water, and essential social services. The WFP evacuated their personnel from the Red Sea Mills in September 2018 when fighting between government and Houthi forces reached the outskirts of Hudaydah. The Red Sea Mills and the surrounding area quickly became part of the Houthi defensive perimeter as the two sides fortified their positons, trapping in the facility approximately 51,000 metric tons of wheat desperately needed to feed malnourished and starving Yemenis.

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Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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