Yemen: Acute malnutrition in children at record-high in parts of country, says UNICEF

Years of ongoing conflict in war-torn Yemen, the economic pressure, and scarce resources now all impounded by the COVID-19 crisis have pushed the Middle Eastern country to the brink of famine with parents struggling, scrambling to provide for the subsistence of their children who in many cases suffer from acute malnutrition. Mothers held their toddlers close in Muzaffar Hospital on Saturday as they underwent nasogastric tube feeding whereby liquid food was administrated to them. «My daughter is very sick, and I had to sell a gas canister to bring her to Al-Muzaffar Hospital, and her father does not have a job, and he was malnourished because of the lack of nutrition, and there is nothing because he cannot work and he does not have any profession,» said Iftikar Al Ameri whose daughter Rafa was being treated at the hospital. According to a press statement by United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) released in October, one in five children under the age of five are suffering from acute malnutrition in parts of Yemen, with the rate being at a record high in some parts.

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