A new UN report revealed that 66% of the Yemeni population needs assistance or protection, of whom 12 million people are in urgent need of assistance, and 16 million suffer from hunger.
According to the report of the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen, 5 million people face emergency conditions in light of the humanitarian crisis, which is the worst in the world.
The report stated that the situation is expected to deteriorate further and the severity of needs will increase during the current year, unless there is a de-escalation of the conflict, improvement in the economy, financing and the fight against the Corona virus, which imposed additional pressures and led to poor health services with the spread of other diseases such as cholera and dengue fever, indicating that Conflict and severe economic decline are pushing the country to the brink of famine.
Philip Dumail, the representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Yemen, said that “about 2.3 million children under the age of five in Yemen are expected to suffer from severe malnutrition this year.”
Among those, he added, 400,000 are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition and may die if they do not receive urgent treatment, noting that pregnant and lactating women also suffer from malnutrition.
New United Nations figures indicate an increase in acute and severe acute malnutrition of between 16% and 22%, respectively, compared to last year among children under the age of five.
United Nations agencies have also warned that these numbers are among the highest for severe acute malnutrition levels recorded in Yemen since the escalation of the war in 2015.
Many families are forced to reduce the quantity or quality of the food they eat, and in some cases, families are forced to do both.
Among the most affected governorates are Aden, Al Dhale, Hajjah, Al Hudaydah, Lahj, Taiz and Sana’a City, which represent more than half of the acute malnutrition cases among children expected in 2021.
Today, Yemen is considered one of the most dangerous places in the world for children to grow.