Yemen fuel subsidy cuts hit poor hardest


Yemeni farmers dig a wall in search of water due to a fuel shortage for months on the outskirts of Sana'a, Yemen, 18 June 2014

Yemen fuel subsidy cuts hit poor hardest

SANA'A, 25 August 2014 (IRIN) - A sharp increase in fuel prices threatens to plunge hundreds of thousands of Yemenis into poverty and food insecurity in the Arab world’s poorest country - particularly if regular welfare payments to Yemen's poorest people continue to be dispersed erratically, aid organizations have warned.

The government’s decision to slash fuel subsidies has set off a wave of discontent, with major protests in the capital Sana’a over the past week calling for the cu...

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