A malnourished child in Yemen dies every 10 minutes, according to UNICEF Middle-East director who says the deaths are preventable.
The huge levels of malnutrition are one of the important underlying causes of that high mortality rate, but also the very low levels of vaccinations.
UNICEF says children are dying from starvation and disease while trucks with life-saving supplies are blocked in port.
1.8 million children under the age of 5 are suffering from acute malnutrition.
400,000 of these children are suffering the life-threatening form of severe acute malnutrition.
These are 400,000 children.If not being treated can die every single second.
UNICEF reports families in the region say the fruits and vegetables so critical for children are no longer affordable,another issue lack of access to clean drinking water which causes diarrhea ultimately leading to malnutrition.
We hope very much that all parties will think about these millions of children suffering here in Yemenand will put the interest of these children at the center of that discussions.
And if they do so, that is a bright future for Yemeni people awaiting.
The war in Yemen is three and a half years old.
It is fought by Saudi forces backing Yemen’s government against Houthi rebels supported by Iran.
Last month, the United States called for November peace talks in Sweden.
Previous peace talks in Geneva fell through when the Houthis failed to show.
Arash Arabasadi VOA news