Mohammad Ali al-Houthi has on Friday accused the World Food Program (WFP) of stirring up the Yemeni streets by politicizing the issue of food aid to Yemen, in order to satisfy Saudi and Emirati regimes.
“The program politicizes [humanitarian] aid, and seeks to stir up the Yemeni street against the government through sending inciting text messages to beneficiaries,” al-Houthi said in a statement.
He explained that “the Program, despite its admission that the obstruction that happened in Sana’a was for rotten food, continues to irritate people on the matter of the obstruction.”
The head of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee furthermore renewed the proposal that was put forth two years ago to the WFP, calling for “the delivery of aid in cash to the needy, so that no one will be able to block it.”
The past weeks, relations between Yemen and the WFP have broken down significantly, following revelations that the Program has been sending massive loads of expired, rotten and pest-infested food to Yemen under the guise of “food aid”, causing severe health hazards to an already impoverished and malnourished population. Rather than issuing an apology, however, the WFP has threatened to halt all food aid to Yemen completely, essentially threatening the country and its people with mass starvation.