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Read moreWhat to do if you get a cold:The best places to eat in YemenAs a growing number of people in Yemen are experiencing the effects of a devastating drought, they are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet.
A new study has found that in some parts of the country, it is not uncommon for people to have to resort to food and basic necessities in order to survive.
Many of these communities have been forced to turn to food insecurity to survive and to make their families a bit more comfortable.
“For the first time in our history, there are no water sources, so we have to rely on our own means to survive,” says one young Yemeni man, who asks to be identified by his surname Abu al-Zaydan.
In the past, people were able to survive on the income they made from selling vegetables, fruits and fruit juices in markets or at markets in the capital Sanaa, where people earn around $2 a day.
However, the drought has meant that the country’s economy has slowed, leaving many people unable to make a living at all.
“People are living on the edge, but in a different way,” says Alaa, a 21-year-old student.
“There is not much money in Yemen.”
For many of them, the only option is to rely entirely on the local market.
“If I need to buy a kilo of bread, I don’t want to have bread, because it is cheaper than selling it,” says Abu-Hossein, who is a student.
However for many, the price of bread has skyrocketed, even though the government has announced it will give a new subsidy to farmers who grow food for people on low incomes.
“The prices of flour, sugar and milk have doubled,” says Khaled, a 26-year old man, referring to the price per kilo.
“In a month, I will be paying $100 to $200 for flour.
For my family, that is a lot.”
While food prices in Yemen have increased, the cost of living has also risen significantly.
“The price of living is not the same in Yemen as in other countries,” says Anwar, a 20-year -old student in Sanaa.
“In Yemen, if you can find a good meal, you can survive, but not if you cannot,” he says.
As food prices have increased due to drought, so have the prices of basic goods.
In some parts, prices have doubled in the past year alone, with the price for a cup of milk going from $0.05 to $0,9.30.
For many, it has become a financial burden, as they are struggling to pay for basic necessities like water and electricity.
“It is a daily struggle to make the minimum wage, as well as paying for the essentials,” says Hadi, a 25-year man in Sanaaa.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, there is a shortage of food in Yemen, and as of last month, a quarter of the population lacked basic foodstuffs like rice, lentils, and sugar.
For those who are able to find basic necessities, like food, they will be able to buy what they need from the local markets.
However, the prices vary from market to market, and sometimes the vendors have high prices because of the drought, says Khaleem.
“I think it is a bad situation for people,” he adds.
Despite the dire situation, some people are finding ways to survive, especially in the cities of Sanaa and Aden, which are largely unaffected by the drought.
“Most people have been able to sell their food in the markets, and I think it has increased the amount of people doing so,” says Abed al-Wajahri, a 27-year woman from Sanaa who sells vegetables and fruit in the Yemeni market.
But there are many people who are struggling with basic necessities that do not qualify for basic food aid, like water.
“Water is a big problem for Yemen,” says Mohammed, a 30-year resident of Aden.
“We are using water from the river for washing our clothes and the rest of our clothes, and for drinking.
But we do not have any water in the river.”
According to an official from the Yemeni Ministry of Water and Sanitation, the country needs a total of 7.8 billion Yemeni riyals ($12.6 million) to meet the needs of the people.
But many are not even able to afford the minimum amount required for the water.
According the official, the government will provide the riyal to those who need it, but will also allocate money to those that cannot afford it.
“We do not know how long it will take to reach this amount,” he said.
“Until then, the most important thing is to save your money and make your