Lives of Innumerable Children in Yemen Are Hanging In the Balance
Save the Children has warned that hundreds of thousands of children in Yemen may die if Hodeidah is forced to close temporarily or is damaged by renewed attacks. Hodeidah is a vital port for Yemen and the warning came after heaving fighting around the region restarted.
Save the Children, an international nongovernmental organization, has published a new report which stated that it was already getting difficult for families to get food or transportation to healthcare facilities due to the rising costs. Any more disruption can end up putting an additional million children risking famine.
Hodeidah happens to be the main port of Yemen, which is already impoverished. Approximately 8.4 million Yemenis are on the brink of starvation it is believed. As such, Hodeidah is a lifeline for millions of people.
A coalition of forces led by Saudi Arabia is fighting the Houthi rebels which are in control of the port. The coalition has increased its air campaign and restarted an offensive to get back the port after the peace talks which had been scheduled ended up collapsing.
Officials from the United Nations have said that thousands of people have already been killed or injured during the war. Around 3 million people have been forced to leave their homes as well. Additionally, thousands have died from disease, poor health and malnutrition.
According to Save the Children, an additional million Yemeni children are at risk of suffering from famine. That takes the total number of children in Yemen suffering such a condition to a shocking 5.2 million.