Millions of Yemeni Kids Could Starve Without Urgent Aid

Children sit in front of mouldy bread in their shelter in Aslam Hajjah More

Children sit in front of mouldy bread in their shelter in Aslam Hajjah More

"If we do not receive urgent funding for our WASH [Water, Sanitation and Hygiene], health and nutrition programmes, it will be catastrophic for children in Yemen".

Millions of children in Yemen risk being "on the verge of famine" due to the lack of aid in the country at war, where the COVID epidemic - 19 is spreading, UNICEF said on Friday.

"UNICEF is working across the clock in extremely tough conditions to get support to kids in determined want, however we exclusively have a fraction of the funding required to do that", mentioned Nyanti.

The UN warned earlier this month that three-quarters of the aid programmes backed by its agencies in Yemen will have to shut down without more funding.

UNICEF relaunches the data processed by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health which states another 6,000 minors under the age of five could die in one semester alone from easily preventable and treatable diseases. "Until that is achieved, we must do everything we can to save lives and protect childhoods", said Nyanti.

The Unicef report said that without support for its programmes, five million children under the age of five will not be immunised against killer diseases and 23,500 children with severe acute malnutrition will be at increased risk of dying. The UN children's fund has appealed for a sustainable peace agreement, in a bid to put an end to the deadly, long-lasting conflict. A digital pledging convention for Yemen hosted by the United Nations and Saudi Arabia on June 2 noticed 31 donors pledge $1.35 billion for humanitarian support - a billion in need of what support companies wanted and half of what worldwide locations had pledged in 2019.

Donors are slowly delivering promised funding, she said, but more needs to be done.

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"If we don't receive urgent funding, children will be on the edge of starvation and many will die", expressed Sara Beysolow Nyanti, UNICEF representative in Yemen.

"The global community must translate pledges into funds and continue to keep Yemen high on the worldwide community's agenda", she said. Only 39% and 10% of these, respectively, have been funded.

The stark prediction arrives in a new UNICEF report, "Yemen 5 several years on: Young children, conflict and COVID-19".

The situation in Yemen is only expected to get worse as donor countries recently cut back on aid.

Just over 1,000 cases and 288 deaths from Covid-19 have been recorded in government-controlled territory, and significantly fewer by rebels in areas under their control, though the actual number is believed to be far higher.

UNICEF may exclusively safe 10% of the $461 million it appealed for to cowl its humanitarian response to the disaster in Yemen, and fewer than 40% of the $53 million it must deal with the affect of COVID-19 on kids, mentioned the report. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information.

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