UNICEF: Yemen War a ‘Living Hell’ for Children

Voice of America News reports: “In the malnutrition ward of a hospital in the Yemeni capital Sana’a, doctors weigh toddlers with protruding rib cages and skeletal limbs.

Twenty children, most under the age of two, being treated at the ward in al-Sabeen Hospital are among hundreds of thousands of children suffering from severe malnutrition in the impoverished country that has been ravaged by more than three years of war.

‘The conflict has made Yemen a living hell for its children,’ Meritxell Relano, UNICEF Representative in Yemen, told Reuters.

She said more than 11 million children, or about 80 percent of the country’s population under the age of 18, were facing the threat of food shortages, disease, displacement and acute lack of access to basic social services.

‘An estimated 1.8 million children are malnourished in the country. Nearly 400,000 of them are severely acute malnourished and they are fighting for their lives every day.’…”

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