Yemen crisis appeal launched for families facing starvation after 20 months of war

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The Disasters Emergency Committee have launched a crisis appeal to help people who are facing hunger in Yemen after 20 months of conflict.

More than seven million people in the war-torn country do not know where their next meal will come from and children are dying from malnutrition, the charity said.

Actor Tom Hardy and television presenter Clare Balding announced the launch of the appeal today.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), which represents 13 UK aid charities, said the country was at "breaking point".

The British Red Cross, Oxfam, Save The Children and Christian Aid are among the charities supporting the Yemen Crisis Appeal.

The DEC said member charities were already reaching "millions of people" with aid, but said: "Much more needs to be done to help those in dire need."

ITV News has been reporting on the "forgotten war" and found evidence of British bombs being used in the conflict and also witnessed babies ravaged by starvation.

More than 20 months of conflict has ravaged the country Credit: AFP

Oxfam previously warned Yemen will run out of food within months and its people are "at risk of catastrophic hunger".

After 20 months of conflict, malnutrition in Yemen is on the increase, with more than 14 million people - half the country’s population - categorised as ‘food insecure’ according to the United Nations.