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UNICEF Says 320,000 Yemeni Children Face Severe Acute Malnutrition

Posted: Mar 29, 2016 at 11:56 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A UNICEF report said an estimated 320,000 children risk severe acute malnutrition, which can leave a child vulnerable to deadly respiratory infections, pneumonia and water-borne diseases.

The UNICEF report released in Geneva on Tuesday, said nearly 10 million children require humanitarian aid to prevent a further deterioration.
It warned that chronic malnutrition can stunt growth and development.

UNICEF estimated that nearly 10,000 children under 5 years may have died in the past year from preventable diseases, citing lower vaccination rates and declines in treatment.

The report also said all sides in the war had exponentially increased the enrolment of child soldiers.

It said this includes; 848 documented cases of boys as young as 10 being used as child soldiers.
“On average, at least six children have been killed or injured every day.

“UNICEF has confirmed that 934 children directly killed and 1,356 injured, but says they are “only a tip of the iceberg,’’it said.
The report also stated that basic services and infrastructure in Yemen are on the verge of total collapse.
It also noted attacks on schools, hospitals and the water and sanitation system.

UNICEF said the UN last week, said that the warring parties had agreed to a cessation of hostilities from April 10 and peace talks from April 18.
Julien Harneis, UNICEF’s Representative in Yemen said in Sana’a that the cessation of hostilities should come on time.
“We’re hoping that the truce kicks in on the 10th and will allow parents and families to come and access health services and other services.
“In Sa’ada in the last week, there has definitely been a reduction of fighting in the border area.
“In Sana’a, we have seen fewer (Saudi-led) air strikes,”he said.

The representative said the World Food Programme has alerted that that nearly half of Yemen’s 22 provinces are on the verge of famine and over 13 million people need food aid.

Harneis said that UNICEF has delivered nutritional supplies and vaccines against measles, polio and other childhood diseases in the country of 24 million, but it was not enough.

“We’ve got an increase in both severe acute malnutrition and chronic malnutrition, the report said. (Reuters)