More Than One Million Children Are Facing the Risk of Famine

September 27, 2018

In Yemen, over five million children are facing the risk of famine. The continuing war in Yemen is causing the price of food and fuel to soar high up all over the nation.

According to a British based NGO, the delay and interruption to supplies which mainly comes through the castled Red Sea port of Hodeida might lead to starvation on a vast new scale.

A charity organization, Save the Children stated that an extra one million children are facing the risk of famine; since, the price of food and transportation has increased. Thereby, the total number reaching 5.2 million. Any kind of bloackade at the port might put the lives of hundreds and thousands of children to danger and also shoving millions of children into famine.

Poverty-stricken Yemen has been embroiled in deadly battle between the troops who are loyal to the President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and Shia Houthi militias since 2014. A Saudi led coalition force mediated in 2015 in a bid to support the president and accusing Iran for supporting the Houthi rebels. However, around 10000 people have been killed.

Deadly battle resumed in the Houthi held port city of Hodeida, after the peace talks in Geneva failed earlier this month. Helle Thorning Schmidt, CEO of save the Children International states that millions of children don’t even know when they would get their next meal or where the meal would come from. The babies who are admitted to hospitals are very weak and can’t cry even. Their energy from the bodies has drained out because of hunger.

The United Nations even warned that any major battle in Hodeida could stop the distribution of food to eight million Yemenis who depends on the United Nations for their survival.