"Across Yemen, almost 6 million children are just one step away from starvation. They are in dire need of urgent support, "The organization warned, via a tweet on Twitter, that
"It is time to step up our commitments with European partners to deliver life-saving relief and support," it added.
Back in March, UNICEF announced that more than 400,000 children are at risk of starvation in Yemen, with nearly 2.2 million in need of urgent care.
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 percent 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.
Children bear the brunt of Yemen’s ongoing war
“The state of health of children in the Middle East’s poorest country has never been as catastrophic as it is today,” Meritxell Relano, the agency’s acting representative, said in a statement.
“Malnutrition in Yemen is at an all-time high and increasing.”
Severe acute malnutrition is a major cause of death for children under the age of five, and is apparent when a child has a very low weight for their height and becomes visibly frail and skeletal.
Sa'adah governorate, the most heavily bombed region in Yemen by the US-Saudi aggression, has the world’s highest stunting rates among children, affecting eight out of 10 in some areas, it said.
Stunting – where a child is short for their age – is another sign of chronic malnourishment and has irreversible consequences for both physical health and cognitive function.
Other governorates – Hodeidah, Taiz, Hajjah and Lahej – were also badly affected after 20 months of war, UNICEF said.
The US-Saudi aggression has also taken a devastating toll on Yemen’s health system which is on the verge of collapse, UNICEF says in the report.
Saudi Arabia, in collaboration with its Arab allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and other Western states, launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015.
Several medical facilities have been damaged or destroyed, with the US-Saudi raids on medical centers, schools, mosques, factories and homes.
The aggression has also imposed a sea and air blockade on Yemen.#US_Saudi_Aggression #UNICEF 23-05-25
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