One Child Dies Every 10 Minutes in Yemen, NGO Estimates

Published November 16th, 2017 - 03:01 GMT
A child being treated at a hospital in Yemen on May 6, 2017 (AFP)
A child being treated at a hospital in Yemen on May 6, 2017 (AFP)

By Sima Qunsol

Save the Children reported that Yemen will see an average of 130 children a day - or one child every 10 minutes - die this year due to obstructions to humanitarian aid and what is currently regarded as the largest cholera outbreak seen in modern history.

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen announced on Nov. 5 that it was closing all points of entry to Yemen after Houthi rebels launched an Iran-manufactured ballistic missile from Yemen to Riyadh.

Rights groups criticized the blockade, saying it prevented humanitarian aid from reaching civilians in dire need. Save the Children said there is no alternative to the closed ports for bringing in food and medical aid and warned that half of the 400,000 children suffering from malnutrition will go untreated if NGOs do not receive direct access to the country.

On Monday, thousands of Yemenis took to the streets to protest the blockade.

The coalition announced also on Monday that it will re-open some of Yemen's ports - the ones controlled by the country's internationally-recognized government.

But even before this blockade, Save the Children estimated that "50,000 malnourished children under the age of five [will] die from hunger or disease" in 2017.

The conflict in Yemen began in 2015 and is largely seen as a proxy war between Saudi, who leads a coalition that backs the Yemeni government, and Iran, who backs the Houthi rebel movement.


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