400,000 Yemeni children under 5 years old face acute malnutrition

A joint statement by UN agencies state that half of Yemen’s population under the age of 5 face acute malnutrition.

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In a joint statement made by the heads of the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on 12 February, approximately 400,000 children under the age of 5 are at risk of dying from acute malnutrition in Yemen. According to the statement, this number has increased by 22 percent in the year 2020.

The chief of the WFP David Beasley described the crisis in Yemen as a melange of conflict, economic collapse and a severe lack of funding to assist in the country. Furthermore, he stated that the solution to hunger in the country is the provision of food and the end of the civil war itself.

According to UN statistics, close to 80 percent of the country’s 29 million population is in need of some form of aid, in order to survive.

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