UNICEF says 500,000 Yemeni children face malnutrition
A Yemeni child receives polio vaccination during an immunisation campaign at a health center in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, November 9, 2015. (AFP/File)
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The United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF, warns that over 500,000 children in Yemen are facing severe life-threatening malnutrition.
"The stunting rates in Yemen are likely to go up. It means children do not reach their full height, but also that their cognitive capacities are affected, which becomes a permanent burden on the whole society," the head of UNICEF, Anthony Lake, said on Tuesday.
The UN World Food Program (WFP) said in August that Yemen’s humanitarian crisis has pushed the country to the verge of famine, adding that some 13 million people are food insecure and six million of them are in severe condition.
The warning came as Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world, has been under the Saudi military’s airstrikes since March 26.
Aid groups’ access to the affected areas in the Middle Eastern country has been severely restricted.
The UN has been pushing for peace talks between members of the Houthi movement and Yemen's President Hadi’s government in order to find a political solution to the country’s ongoing crisis.