UNICEF: One Child Dies Every 10 Minutes in Yemen

UNICEF: One Child Dies Every 10 Minutes in YemenUNICEF: One Child Dies Every 10 Minutes in Yemen

More than 400,000 children are at risk of starvation in Yemen, with nearly 2.2 million in need of urgent care, according to the UN children’s agency UNICEF.

New figures indicate that hunger among children has reached an “all time high,” with at least 462,000 suffering from severe acute malnutrition, a drastic increase of about 200% since 2014. In a report published on Monday, UNICEF said at least one child dies every 10 minutes because of malnutrition, diarrhea and respiratory-tract infections. Saada governorate, the most heavily bombed region in Yemen, has the world’s highest stunting rates among children, affecting eight out of 10 in some areas, it said.

A coalition assembled by Saudi Arabia launched an air campaign against the fighters in March 2015. Since then, more than 10,000 people have been killed and millions driven from their homes.


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