Already high child malnutrition levels in Yemen are expected to sharply increase as the crisis continues. Around 2.2 millions children are malnourished, with more than 460,000 suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab world and chronic malnutrition has always been a problem. “Malnutrition in Yemen is at an all-time high and increasing,” said Dr Meritxell Relano, Unicef Acting Representative in Yemen. “The state of health of children in the Middle East’s poorest country has never been as catastrophic as it is today.”
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.
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