Yemen on brink of losing entire generation of children to hunger, UN warns

 Treatment at a centre in Sana’a combating malnutrition. Photograph: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images

Food security crisis means acute malnutrition among under-fives at highest levels since war engulfed the country.”

Almost 100,000 children under the age of five are at risk of dying in Yemen as the country slides back into a hunger crisis.

An analysis by UN agencies says the coronavirus pandemic, economic problems and conflict have led to the highest levels of malnutrition ever recorded in parts of the country.

Serious malnutrition in southern Yemen has risen 10% this year, according to the study, but rose to 15% among under-fives.

“Yemen is on the brink of a catastrophic food security crisis. If the war doesn’t end now, we are nearing an irreversible situation and risk losing an entire generation of Yemen’s young children,” said Lise Grande, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for the country.

Continued: The Guardian