Yemen War Horrors: 5 Million Children At Risk Of Starvation

A Yemeni child suffering from malnutrition awaits treatment at a hospital in the northern district of Abs, in Yemen’s Hajjah province on August 18, 2018. (Photo by ESSA AHMED / AFP) (Photo credit should read ESSA AHMED/AFP/Getty Images) ( AFP/Getty Images )

The world continues to maintain a deaf ear towards the worst human right abuse in Yemen. The situation continues to worsen and turn desperate as Saudi-led coalitions cut off the crucial Houthi supply route between Yemen’s capital Sana’a and the port city of Hodeibah affecting millions of common people. The UN officials have warned the crisis to intensify further as Hodeibah is a lifeline for ordinary Yemenis as it is the entry point for country’s aid supplies and imports.

The ongoing conflict is aggravating and has driven millions of innocent children at the brink of starvation. As the fuel and food prices soar across the war-torn country, 5 million children are facing starvation – as Save the Children warns.

The new report warns that the collapsing economy and discontinuation of food supplies coming from Hodeibah will have dire consequences for the most vulnerable. Another one million children now risk famine, hence the charity warns that any sort of closure at the port will risk an entire generation.

The organization warned that due to starvation, the kids are more likely to lose life to curable diseases like measles and pneumonia.

“The nutrition crisis in Yemen has serious implications. Severely malnourished children are 12 times more likely to die from preventable diseases like pneumonia, measles, cholera or diphtheria. Children who are stunted suffer physical and often irreversible long-term cognitive damage’’ – said Tamer Kirolos, Save the Children’s Yemen Country Director.

Tamer also warned that even the smallest disruption from the port can cause the death of hundreds of malnourished kids deprived of basic necessities of life.

An estimated 8.4 million people in the country are malnourished. The conflict is ongoing since 2015 when Saudi Arabia formed a coalition to fight back against the Houthi rebels.

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