At least 400,000 Yemeni children under the age of five could starve this year: the UN. In a report published on Friday, organizations showed a 22% increase in malnutrition among children under five in Yemen, compared to 2020. Severe malnutrition means there is a risk of death due to lack of food. Aden, Hodeidah, Taiz and Sanaa are some of the areas most affected.
Severe malnutrition among young children and mothers in Yemen has escalated year after year of disputes, driven by high levels of disease and increasing levels of food insecurity.
At least 400,000 Yemeni children under the age of five could starve to death this year without urgent intervention amid rising levels of severe malnutrition-related malnutrition and the coronavirus, four UN agencies said on Friday.
Warnings come about six years after the outbreak of the war, which has left 80% of the population relying on aid.
In a report published on Friday, organizations showed a 22% increase in malnutrition among children under five in Yemen, compared to 2020.
Severe malnutrition means there is a risk of death due to lack of food. Aden, Hodeidah, Taiz and Sanaa were among the worst-affected areas, the report said.
“These numbers are yet another cry for help from Yemen where every child is malnourished and refers to a family struggling to survive,” World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley said in a joint statement with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Another 2.3 million under five are expected to suffer the most by 2021. Malnutrition in young children and mothers in Yemen has increased year after year of war, they say, with high levels of disease and high levels of malnutrition.
An estimated 1.2 million pregnant or breastfeeding women are considered malnourished this year.
The famine has never been officially declared in Yemen. The UN says the country is the world’s biggest humanitarian problem.
Along with the conflict, the economic downturn and the epidemic, the lack of donations over the past year also contributes to the problem of human freedom.
Nutrition and other services that save millions from starvation and disease are slowly closing in on all of Yemen amid a severe shortage of funds.
The organizations claim to have received only $ 1.9 billion out of the $ 3.4 billion needed to turn the country around. Programs have started closing and down.
The Saudi-led coalition entered Yemen in March 2015 to restore the Yemeni government that was ousted from power in the capital Saaa by the Houthi movement in late 2014. The Houthis claim to be fighting corruption.