Yemen is on the brink of famine
Every ten minutes a child dies in Yemen from preventable causes. Ongoing conflict has led to catastrophic food shortages leaving millions of children at risk of malnutrition. Right now, 462,000 children in the country are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. As the situation gets worse this number will continue to rise.
“Children are dying because the conflict is preventing them from getting the health care and nutrition they urgently need. Their immune systems are weak from months of hunger,”
Dr Relañok, UNICEF representative Yemen.
In the city of Saada the nutritional situation is at emergency levels. The city has the highest rates of stunting in the world, where one in eight children are stunted. Stunting occurs when children do not have adequate food to develop physically and cognitively. Stunting denies children the opportunity to reach their full potential.
We are scaling up our response to reach as many children as possible. This year we aim to treat 323,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. We are also distributing lifesaving nutritional supplies to reach 4.5 million children. The emergency in Yemen is critically underfunded we need your help to reach as many children as possible.
Please donate today and help provide urgent supplies to children.