Approx 2.4 Million Children Below the Age of 5 are facing Hunger and Malnutrition in Yemen

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 26th June 2020 has stated that amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, around 2.4 million (24 lakh) children who are below the age of 5 are facing hunger and malnutrition in Yemen.  The global pandemic has further added to a shortage of humanitarian aid in the war-torn nation that is has been struggling with a widespread shortage of essential services, medicines, etc since the beginning of the civil war back in 2015.

UNICEF has further stated that within the next 5-6 months, 30,000 children below the age of 5 could suffer from life-threatening acute malnutrition. More than 90 lakh (9 million) Yemeni children do not have access to hygienic factors such as safe water, food, and sanitation today. During this pandemic, only half of the health facilities are operating in Yemen, that too is struggling to cope due to lack of infrastructure, equipment, staff and other facilities.

Yemen Civil War

The Civil War in Yemen stated in march 2015 between the Houthi Armed Movement and the Government of Yemen. Both the fractions claim to constitute the official Government in Yemen. The Houthi armed forces at present have control over Sanaa (the Capital City of Yemen).

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