UNICEF: 63,000 Yemeni children died in 2016
2/2/2017 12:33:00 AM
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has affirmed that 63,000 children died in 2006 due to malnutrition, pointing out that 3.3 million persons suffer of acute malnutrition.
In Yemen, the worst affected areas include the capital, Sana'a, where 78 per cent of children are chronically malnourished. Furthermore, many other areas have also seen growing deprivation, from Hodeida in the west to Taiz and now Aden to the south.
UNICEF's Yemen Representative, Meritzell Relano termed the situation for children in Yemen “catastrophic”, with at least 10 million in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.
“Children are dying of malnutrition, that is for sure […] under-five mortality rate has increased to the point that we estimate that at least in 2016, 10,000 more children died of preventable diseases,” she said.