West News Wire: Yemen is a conflict-ridden Arab nation where one child dies every ten minutes, according to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and millions of children are at heightened risk of hunger.
In a statement released on Friday, the UN children’s agency said that of the 11 million children in Yemen who require humanitarian relief, “more than 540,000 children under the age of five suffer from severe, life-threatening acute malnutrition.”
Additionally, it stated that “a child dies (on average) every ten minutes from preventable causes.”
In order to continue its intervention in this nation, the poorest on the Arabian Peninsula, which has been destroyed by more than eight years of conflict, the organization declared that it “urgently needs $484 million” in 2023.
The UN body warned that millions of children might be at increased risk of malnutrition if prompt action was not taken.
It insisted that if the money didn’t come in, UNICEF could have to scale back on the critical aid it provides to disadvantaged kids.
In March 2015, Saudi Arabia began the bloody war in Yemen with the assistance of its Arab allies, the US, and other Western nations, who provided armaments and logistical support.
The goal was to overthrow the Houthis which had been in charge of operating the government in Yemen in the absence of a functioning one, and reinstate Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi’s pro-Riyadh administration.
None of the coalition’s goals have been met by the Saudi-led effort. There have been countless thousands of deaths in Yemen. Yemen is witnessing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis now.
A UN-brokered truce agreed in Yemen last April has largely held despite expiring in October without agreement between the parties to extend it.
More than 11,000 children are known to have been killed or maimed as a result of Yemen conflict.
Fighting in Yemen has triggered what the UN describes as one of the world’s worst humanitarian tragedies.
The UN says more than 21.7 million two-thirds of Yemen’s population need humanitarian assistance this year.