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Yemen: UNICEF raises alarm about child malnutrition in ‘the forgotten war’

10/02 22:30 CET

Yemen: UNICEF raises alarm about child malnutrition in ‘the forgotten war’
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In Yemen, more than a million children under five face the risk of acute malnutrition and acute respiratory tract infections according to UNICEF which has again raised the alarm about what many are calling the world’s forgotten war.

UNICEF spokesman Mohammed al Saadi said:“192 centres for the treatment of malnutrition have stopped operating due to a lack of fuel or due to the continued conflict or because the centres and hospitals have been hit by airstrikes or because they have been abused by armed factions or because health workers and other staff have been displaced.”

Some 6,000 people, about half of them civilians according to the UN, have been killed in fierce fighting and air strikes since a Saudi-led alliance began a military campaign in Yemen last March – the latest deadly episode in years of turmoil and violence in the impoverished country.

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