Yemen’s children: Between anvil of famine and hammer of Houthi abuse

Yemen’s children: Between anvil of famine and hammer of Houthi abuse

At a time when thousands of Yemeni children face, on a daily basis, the dangers of being recruited into the ranks of the Houthi militia and being drawn from their schools in villages and cities to the incubators of intellectual mobilization, many international and local organizations have sounded the alarm on food insecurity and the possibility of thousands of them facing the threat of hunger next year.

Some organizations expected that 12,000 Yemenis, including children, would reach a stage near famine in Amran governorate, which is under the Houthi militia control, while they said that more than 15,000 others, including children, are expected to reach the same phase of famine in Hajjah governorate by the end of the first half of next year.

 This series of warnings coincided with the UNICEF’s appeal, some days ago, for provision of aid to about 12 million Yemeni children out of 39 million in the Middle East and North Africa. In the same context, the international "Save the Children" organization warned that more than 20 thousand Yemeni children will face hunger and starvation next year, with the continuation of the war sparked by the Houthi militia.

The organization said, in a statement, that it “is deeply concerned about the United Nations report on food insecurity in Yemen, which revealed that 16.2 million people in the country face high levels of severe food shortages early next year, and this includes 7.35 million children with an estimated 21,338 children facing the risk of starvation.” "These numbers leave no doubt that children are starving to death in Yemen and the situation will be worse next year," according to the organization's country director in Yemen.

He added that more than two million children under the age of five do not have enough food to eat, and more than 2,200 others are on the verge of starvation. The international official added, "This is a disaster that must ring alarm bells around the world, and we cannot let an entire generation of children die because they do not have enough food."

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