UN study warns war has already reversed development in Yemen by 21 years

Khaled Ziad, AFP | Cholera patients at a hospital in Hodeida, Yemen on April 18, 2019

A UN Development Program (UNDP) study released Tuesday estimates the war in Yemen and subsequent humanitarian disaster means the country has already lost more than two decades in terms of development.


The study found that if even if the war were to end this year, it will have caused economic losses of $88.8 billion. If the conflict lasts until 2030, it would leave 71 percent of the population in extreme poverty, 84 percent malnourished and cause economic losses of $657 billion.

The UNDP's Yemen representative, Auke Lootsma, said that "even if there were to be peace tomorrow, it could take decades for Yemen to return to pre-conflict levels of development".

A Saudi-led coalition has been battling Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi rebels since 2015. The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and driven the country to the brink of famine.

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