As Arab Spring roils, hunger emerges

11.07.2011                      09.Tammus, 5771

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As Arab Spring roils, hunger emerges

Military violence compounds preexisting economic factors, leaving millions hungry in Syria, Libya and nearly one third of Yemeni population.

The Arab Spring was supposed to bring democracy, peace and prosperity. But stalemates between governments and opposition forces are paralyzing economic life, exacerbating food shortages that were already in the making due to unfavorable weather and rising world prices.
Reports of widespread hunger have emerged in recent weeks in Libya and Syria. On Wednesday, Yemen was officially added to the list of food trouble spots when a United Nation mission visiting Yemen called on the international community to quickly provide humanitarian aid to the impoverished country, pushed to the verge of starvation by five months of protests and armed insurrection….