500,000 Yemini Kids Face Malnutrition

500,000 Yemini Kids Face Malnutrition500,000 Yemini Kids Face Malnutrition

The United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF, has warned that over 500,000 children in Yemen are facing life-threatening malnutrition. “The stunting rates in Yemen are likely to go up. It means children do not only not reach their full height, but also that their cognitive capacities are affected, which becomes a permanent burden on the society,” said UNICEF head Anthony Lake, reports ISNA. The UN World Food Program (WFP) said in August that Yemen’s humanitarian crisis has pushed the improvised Arab nation on the verge of famine, adding that “13 million people are food insecure and six million in a severe condition.” The warning came as Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world, has been under airstrikes by Saudi Arabia and its allies since March 26. The ongoing conflict began early this year between two factions claiming the right to govern. The Saudi-led strikes have destroyed many hospitals, schools, and factories.