By Oisin Sweeney • 13 February 2021 • 9:02
Yemen's complex civil war has led to mass starvation - Image Source: Wikimedia
A SHOCKING new report by the United Nations (UN) has warned that over 400,000 Yemeni children will starve to death in 2021 in the wartorn country.
New research carried out by the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has found that Yemen’s starvation crisis will reach shocking new levels in 2021.
The report estimates that a staggering 400,000 children will die from starvation this year, while another 2.3 million (roughly half of Yemen’s child population) will suffer from acute malnutrition. Another 1.2 million breastfeeding mothers will be subjected to severe hunger as long-running conflict wreaks havoc on the Middle Eastern country. This marks an increase in starvation levels of 22% since 2020.
“Malnourished children are more vulnerable to diseases . . . It is a vicious and often deadly cycle, but with relatively cheap and simple interventions, many lives can be saved,” said World Heath Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Yemen has been embroiled in a murky and complex conflict since 2014 between Saudi backed government forces and Houthi rebels. Airstrikes and violence, often perpetrated with weapons bought from Britain and other western countries, have created a catastrophic food shortage that is severely impacting Yemen’s children.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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