According to David Beasley, executive director of the United Nations World Food Program, 16 million people in Yemen “march towards hunger” (including 400,000 children under the age of five, according to another report), with food supplies already at levels. critics. Yemenvoice claims to have been able to “break the siege” and raise funds domestically to buy food using cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Dogecoin (DOGE), and Nano (NANO).

“[I received] donations, then I transferred them from my wallet to the wallets of the merchants or the exchange company (we only have one company that accepts Bitcoin), then I bought these food packages, as you can see, and distributed them to the elderly , single mothers and orphans, although there is no difference between young and old, they all die of hunger ”.
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According to blockchain records, Yemenvoice addresses received roughly $ 600 in BTC, $ 1 in BCH, and $ 64 in NANO, but Redditor told Cointelegraph that they had received $ 12,000 in crypto, $ 3,000 of which was already used. ” to pay medical services, bills, buy medicine, pay rent and buy food. ” With the other $ 9,000 he tried to trade on Binance, but claimed to have lost almost all funds.

“I consider the amount I lost as a debt to people, and I plan to pay it off even if I have to sell one of my cars,” said the Redditor.

Although the history and use of the funds could not be independently verified, Yemenvoice claimed to have targeted people in need and “paid them wherever they were.” Many Reddit users expressed support for the project, but wondered how anyone could effectively use cryptocurrencies in an area like Yemen.

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“If I send an amount of Bitcoin, they give me the equivalent in exchange for the dollar, but in the local currency, so I buy and distribute these goods,” Yemenvoice said. “You will soon see shop owners in Yemen trading Bitcoin and not converting it into dollars or even the local currency. Especially with the deterioration of living conditions here and the collapse of the Yemeni riyal.”

While this Redditor’s efforts appear to be using cryptocurrencies as a force for good, others based in different countries are circumventing sanctions from the United States or the United Nations by relying on cryptocurrency donations. In Venezuela, the authorities came to tacitly endorse the use of cryptocurrencies apparently as a measure to evade various sanctions imposed on the country.

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