Civilians fleeing the fighting between the government and Houthi rebels are facing severe shortage of food. Children are malnourished to the point of starvation and in some areas they’re dying from cholera and of diphtheria. My daughter got sick all of a sudden, we tried to nurse her back to health in the neighborhood but two days later she died. By the time we had buried her her brother had gotten sick so we took him to Sanaa thinking they’d cure him but he also died.
An UN humanitarian official told the UN Security Council that many deaths in Yemen are Hunger-related. We also know that many deaths are hidden, only half the health facilities in Yemen of functioning and many Yemenis are too poor to access the ones that are open. Lowcock said that according to an earlier estimate 130 children under the age of five were dying everyday in Yemen from extreme hunger and disease and that this situation is getting worse.
My assessment, my advice to you is that there is now a clear and present danger of an imminent and great big famine engulfing Yemen much bigger than anything, any professional in this field has seen during their working lives. UN officials say 1.8 million children are suffering from acute malnutrition in Yemen with 400,000 of them dangerously undernourished. Local warned that the whole population is in danger of starvation if the fighting doesn’t stop. He said the food aid will not be able to feed 29 million Yemenis.Zlatica Hoke, VOA News, Washington.