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Yemeni family live in empty shop as war drags on

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Ismail Hassan is one of millions of people struggling to eat, and to feed his children, as Yemen's seven-year war drags on.

A father of ten, Hassan houses his family in an abandoned shop and scavenges recyclable items from rubbish bins to survive.

He lives in the capital Sanaa after fleeing his hometown four years ago. His family has received some food aid every two months, but it's not enough.

Over a communal lunch of rice and bread, he says he can't provide more.

"The most important thing to me is providing them with food. The most important thing is how I provide them with food, the most important thing is that they eat and be satisfied, thank God."

Cash-strapped aid organizations are struggling to keep assistance flowing.

Funding shortages forced the World Food Programme to cut food rations for 8 million people in January, which could push more people into starvation.

It has warned about 5 million people are at risk of famine.

Hassan can't afford to put his seven school-aged children into education, even in government schools.

It wasn't like this when they lived in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah. Before war forced them to move, they had food, Hassan said.

"Before we left our city, food was affordable, we used to have meat, fish, chicken, molokhiya and everything. There was everything, but now circumstances have imposed this on us."

Yemen is divided between the Iran-aligned Houthi group in the north, which also controls Sanaa, and the internationally recognized government in the south.

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