5.2 Million Yemen Children Facing Famine

September 26, 2018

More than one million children are at the risk of facing famine in Yemen. This came as a warning from the international governmental organization called Save the Children. Yemen is pretty devastated by the conflict which escalated in the year 2015 when the Houthi rebels had seized control of a significant portion of the country and had compelled President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to run away abroad.

The coalition led by Saudi Arabia intervened militarily for saving the government as they were concerned by the increase in the group which they saw as the Iranian ally. The organization, Save the Children promotes the rights of Children internationally and they say that about 5.2 million children in Yemen are now facing famine. The increase in the food price and the fall in the Yemen currency value because of the conflict have put a number of people at risk of food insecurity. There is another threat which arises from fighting around the main port city, Hudaydah that is the entry point for the majority of the aid to rebel head areas of the country.

The basic supplies which pass through it are required for preventing famine and also a recurrence of the cholera epidemic which had an impact on millions of people last year. As a matter of fact, the war had also led to many delays in paying off the salaries of the public servant and the teachers with some people not receiving any wages for almost 2 years. People who are paid the face food prices what are 68% more expansive that was it actually was when the war began. In the meantime, Yemeni   Riyal lost almost 180% of the value over the same period as per Save the Children.

Concerns of Save the Children

The chief executive from Save the Children says that millions of children who do not know when their next meal is going to come from.  In one hospital that he visited in North Yemen, the babies had been too weak to even cry as their bodies were exhausted by hunger. This risk of war is killing the entire generation of Yemen children.