A Manmade Crisis Has Left Millions on the Brink of Famine in Yemen

1.8 million children are malnourished.

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Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. According to a December report, nearly 16 million people don’t have enough to eat and are in urgent need of emergency assistance. According to the UN, well over 200,000 people have been killed by fighting, malnutrition, disease and lack of basic services due to the war. A child dies every twelve minutes.

In four years, the country has seen the worst cholera outbreak in history, a declaration of famine, and a crippled economy. There have been almost 20,000 airstrikes, over 70,000 people have died, 4 million have had to leave their homes behind, and now 80% of the population requires humanitarian assistance.

Women and children are already dying from malnutrition and the situation could grow far worse. 1.8 million children are suffering from acute malnutrition, of whom 400,000 children under five are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. There are around 1.1 million malnourished pregnant and breast-feeding women. More than 3.25 million women in Yemen are facing increased health and protection risks. Hunger and famine are a direct result of war and can only fully be eliminated by bringing the conflict to an end.

Video edited by Brooks Lee.

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