Crypto donations are used by the Yemeni government to combat starvation during civil war

16 million Yemenis, including 400,000 children below five years old, are already facing food shortages. Redditor from Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, claims that he is using cryptocurrency to purchase food packages for families who are unable to access supplies due to the ongoing civil war. According to a Sept. 23 Reddit post by user yemenvoice on Reddit, the Yemeni national has raised approximately $12,000 in crypto donations to help fight starvation in the Middle Eastern country. They claim to have helped 15 families with flour and rice, as well as oil and beans, and hope to help 30 more in the near future. “I tried to set up online donations campaigns, but unfortunately, most online donation platforms don’t support Yemen. So, I tried to set up online donation campaigns, but unfortunately, all online donation platforms do not support Yemen. The country has been subject to a blockade by air, land, and sea since March 2015, leading to millions of Yemenis in need of basic necessities.According to David Beasley, the executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, 16 million people in Yemen “are marching towards starvation” — including 400,000 children under the age of five, according to a separate report — with food supplies already at critical levels. Yemenvoice claims that it was able to “break down the siege” and obtain funds to purchase food using cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ether(ETH), Bitcoin Cash, BCH), Dogecoins (DOGE), Nano (NANO), and Nano (NANO). “[I] received donations and then transferred from my account to the wallets for merchants or exchange companies (we only have one company that accepts Bitcoin), then bought these food packages and distributed them to the elderly and single mothers, although everyone is starving.” Cointelegraph was told by a Redditor that they have received $12,000 worth of crypto, $3,000 of which have been used to “pay medical bills, buy medicine, rent, and buy food. They tried to trade the $9,000 remaining on Binance but lost almost all of it. “I consider the amount that I lost as a due to people, and intend to pay it even though I had to sell one my cars,” the Redditor said. yemenvoice claimed that they selected people in need and “paying them where I found them.” Reddit users supported the project, but many questioned how anyone could use crypto in an area such as Yemen. “If I send them a Bitcoin amount, they will give me the equivalent in dollar exchange, but in local currency and so on, I buy and distribute these goods,” stated yemenvoice. This is especially true given the deterioration of living conditions in Yemen and the collapse of Yemeni riyal. This is especially true given the poor living conditions in Yemen and the collapse of Yemeni riyal. Venzuela authorities even went so far as tacitly to endorse crypto as a way to avoid various sanctions.

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