Yemen: According to United Nations World Food Programme, 400,000 children are at risk of dying due to scarcity of fuel and food in Yemen.
Executive Director, UN World Food Programme, David Beasley, stated the conditions of the children in Yemen.
On this state of Yemen’s children, the Biden administration declared to aid them with UN funds to end the war.
The rush of malnourished cases in hospitals everyday
Every day, there are many patients who are malnourished and have stunted growth due to lack of nutrition and fundamental food.
Regularly, conditions in hospitals are harsh and challenging. Famine is coming in Yemen. They have no food and no nutrition at all.
About 2.3 million children under five in Yemen are estimated to suffer from severe malnutrition in 2021, four UN agencies. He warned that if immediate respective steps are not taken, an estimated 400,000 children may die.
A survey by (FAO) the Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), (WFP) World Food Program, and the World Health Organization (WHO) and their partners in a report on the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) confirmed. Highlighted a significant increase in acute and severe malnutrition in children under 16 and 22 percent, respectively. In the face of serious data, UN agencies expressed concern that these were the highest levels the country has recorded since the conflict began in 2015.
Effects of malnutrition on children
A statement on the UNICEF website states that “malnutrition hurts a child’s physical and cognitive development- especially during the first two years (nutrition needed the most) of a child’s life. In this regard, preventing malnutrition and its devastating effects, “Good maternal health” is required to begin. However, the statement said that “approximately 1.2 million pregnant or lactating women are estimated to be malnourished in 2021.”
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adnom Ghibeyius said, “Diseases and poor health environment are the major drivers of childhood malnutrition. Malnourished children are vulnerable to other diseases, including diarrhea, respiratory infections, and malaria, which are of great concern in Yemen. is.”
“This is a terrible and often fatal cycle, but with relatively simple interventions, many people’s lives can be saved,” Ghebeyes said.
Appeal for immediate action
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta said, “The growing number of starving children in Yemen forces all of us to take immediate action. Humanitarian organizations must be able to save lives and reach communities with immediate anticipated resources and victimized children.” is required.”
FAO Director-General Kwu Dong said that families in the country have been in the grip of conflict for a very long time, and recent threats like Kovid-19 further exacerbate their plight. He stressed that “there should be security and stability across the country, our access to farmers should be improved so that they are provided with the means to reproduce adequate and nutritious food. Otherwise, Yemen’s families and their children are hungry and Will fall at risk of malnutrition. “
United Nations agencies commented on the critical basis of the humanitarian response needed to support Yemeni citizens. Last year, the US $ 1.9 billion has been received out of the 3.4 billion dollars required in the humanitarian response plan, the statement said.
The agencies warned that Yemen has a difficult situation for the youngest children and mothers. Any disruption to human services – from health to water, sanitation, nutrition, food support, and livelihood support – causes a deterioration in their nutritional status.”