Yemen: Grief-stricken parents speak out after 7 y/o Amal dies of malnutrition

Footage filmed on Sunday shows the grief-stricken parents of seven-year old Amal Hussain who died in a refugee camp of severe malnutrition, in Aslam, Hajjah province. Amal's mother Mariam Ali said: «Our situation is deteriorating, and we do not have healthy nutrition. My daughter died of malnutrition after she spent 20 days at the hospital.» Amal's father Hussain Mohammed said that «whatever... Еще she needed, I did my best to bring that to her, but I had no money.» Director of the Malnutrition Centre in the Aslam district, Makkia Alaslami, noted that Amal was an internally displaced person (IDP) from «a very poor family» and «was suffering from severe malnutrition.» Alaslami noted that the situation is «very distressing.» She went on to say that «this is one of the problems of the aggression and the war, which is deteriorating day by day. Children are dying like leaves in autumn,» before adding that «due to the land, sea and air blockade, Yemeni citizens are not able to survive.» Images of emaciated Amal, which appeared in the media last week, drew attention to the thousands of children that are suffering the dire consequences of the Yemeni war. Yemen is in the grip of a humanitarian disaster, with millions facing starvation and disease after years of war between a Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis. In the Aslam district, one of Yemen's poorest districts that also hosts internally displaced people, many starving families are forced to eat cooked leaves in order to survive. According to the Yemeni Health Ministry, at least 17,000 cases of severe malnutrition were reported in the first six months of 2018 in Hajjah province.

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