Child malnutrition expected to rise
Already high child malnutrition levels in Yemen are expected to sharply increase as the crisis continues. Julien Harneis, Unicef Yemen Representative said: “We expect there to be an upsurge in malnutrition across the country in the coming weeks, be it in areas of conflict or not, because it was already a country where 60% of the population lived under the poverty line.”
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Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab world and chronic malnutrition has always been a problem. Around 850,000 children under the age of 5 already suffer from acute malnutrition. “That is not going to get any better,” said Julien. “People’s revenues are going down, the cost of living is going up and government services are weakened if not falling apart.” In the past five years, the malnutrition rates had fallen but it is likely to soar with the renewed fighting, putting the lives of more than quarter of a million children in danger.