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Al Jazeera 25 Mar 2020

Yemen: Five years of conflict leaves millions of children suffering


Thursday marks five years since the beginning of Yemen's continuing civil war.
The Saudi-led coalition's involvement has had a devastating effect on the mental health of an entire generation of children, pushing some to the brink of depression.

Al Jazeera's Mohamed Vall reports.

There's a stark warning tonight that millions of children in Yemen could be pushed to "the brink of starvation" unless international aid is dramatically stepped up. It comes from UNICEF, the United Nations children's organisation.

Yemen faces the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with the coronavirus pandemic compounding the effect of five years of civil war.

Houthi rebels backed by Iran have been fighting Yemen's government. It is backed by a Saudi-led coalition which is supported by the US and the UK.

2 million of Yemen's children are malnourished, and 1.7 million have been forced to flee their homes. A child dies every 10 minutes from a preventable disease.

Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reporting from Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen.
The UN's humanitarian chief is pleading with leaders to act or face the prospect of millions of Yemeni children starving to death.

Five years of civil war, fuelled by regional and global powers on both sides, combined with the impact of multiple diseases and now a cut in foreign aid too, have left Yemen in a situation incomparable to any other country globally.

In the middle of the world's worst humanitarian disaster, now hit by coronavirus and a crisis of funding too, this is what childhood looks like.
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