GRAPHIC WARNING: Millions of Yemeni Children on the ‘Brink of Starvation’, according to UN
Millions of Yemeni children are at a threat of starvation amid the coronavirus pandemic, which is tipping the war-torn nation into further devastation, the United Nations warned, appealing for nearly $500m for desperate humanitarian assistance.
In a new report on Friday, UNICEF (UN Children’s Fund) said the number of malnourished children in Yemen will reach 2.4 million – a 20% increase – by the end of the year.
Another 6,600 children under the age of five could die from preventable causes, as the coronavirus has weakened the country’s perishing healthcare system and disrupted services.
“Numberless childhoods have been lost in this five-year war, and we worry we will lose many more as COVID-19 spreads,” Sara Beysolow Nyanti, UNICEF Representative to Yemen, said in a statement.
“We cannot emphasize enough the scale of this emergency for children, in what is already the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the battle for survival will dangerously escalate as the virus takes hold,” she added.
“If we do not receive emergency funding, children will be pushed to the brink of starvation, and many will die.”
The UNICEF report said almost 9.6 million children do not have access to safe water, sanitation, or hygiene, putting them at a higher risk of infection, while 8 million do not have access to education amid the school closures.
The coronavirus is spreading rapidly across Yemen, and about 25% of the country‘s confirmed cases have died. This is five times the global average.
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