The U.N. children’s fund warns 400,000 children under age five are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and are at risk of dying. UNICEF spokesman, Christophe Boulierac said every year, 30,000 children under age five are dying from malnutrition related diseases. He said one half of Yemen’s young children are chronically malnourished.
“One-point-one million pregnant or lactating women are anemic and that is a vicious cycle. When giving birth, these women know that their children will be of low birth-weight starting that cycle of malnutrition. And, as we all know, chronic malnutrition has an incredibly important impact on child brain development. Every 10 minutes a child is dying from diseases that can be easily prevented,” he said.
Fighting in Yemen has led to the almost total collapse of the country’s health system. It also has prevented the import of food, fuel, medicine and other supplies critical for the well-being of the population.