The holy month has been tarnished in war-torn Yemen, where 17 million people are staring at famine.
- Throughout the Muslim world, Ramadan is meant to be a joyful and spiritual occasion. But in war-torn Yemen, there is little room for joy these days.
- The United Nations recently warned that 17 million Yemenis were facing famine, barring urgent humanitarian aid from the international community.
- The war, which has continued for more than two years, has thrust many Yemeni families into poverty and despair.
- This year’s Ramadan has also fallen at a time when Yemen is facing a severe cholera epidemic, with the World Health Organization estimating there have been more than 530 deaths and more than 65,000 suspected cases of cholera since April.