UN: Millions of Yemeni children on the ‘brink of starvation’
International Desk || Published: 2020-06-27 12:00:04 || Updated: 2020-06-27 12:00:04
UNICEF report says the number of malnourished children in the country could reach 2.4 million over the next six months
Millions of children in Yemen are at risk of starvation amid the coronavirus pandemic, which is tipping the war-torn nation into further devastation, the United Nations warned, appealing for nearly $500m in urgent humanitarian assistance.
In a new report on Friday, UNICEF, the UN children’s fund, said the number of malnourished children in the country could reach 2.4 million – a 20 percent increase – by the end of the year.
Another 6,600 children under the age of five could also die from preventable causes, as the pandemic has weakened the country’s struggling healthcare system and disrupted services.
“Countless childhoods have been lost in this five-year war and we fear we will lose many more as COVID-19 spreads,” Sara Beysolow Nyanti, UNICEF Representative to Yemen, said in a statement.
“We cannot overstate the scale of this emergency as children, in what is already the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, battle for survival as COVID-19 takes hold,” she added.
“If we do not receive urgent funding, children will be pushed to the brink of starvation and many will die.”
The UNICEF report said almost 9.58 million children do not have sufficient access to safe water, sanitation or hygiene, putting them at a greater risk of infection, while 7.8 million do not have access to education amid the school closures.Report:aljajira
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