YEMEN Press Agency

Yemen’s children will have serious symptoms in future due to hunger: WFP

SANAA, April 5 (YPA) – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) on Sunday said that Yemen has recorded the highest levels of child malnutrition in the world.

This came in a tweet by the program on Twitter, which was attached by a picture of a four-year-old Yemeni child who has recovered relatively from malnutrition.

“The tape appears green, which means that four-year-old Mohammed has recovered from malnutrition,” the tweet said.

On the other hand, the WFP nutrition experts emphasized that “children suffering from malnutrition in Yemen will face difficulties in fertility and disease resistance.”

They added that more children would be ten times more likely to die compared to those who do not feel any suffering. “The children under the age of five who are vulnerable to hunger will suffer from stunting, their weight will be less, and their physical structure and their mental and cognitive abilities will be weaker than normal children.”

Earlier media reports revealed that dozens of children in Yemen die every day as a result of the hunger caused by the war on Yemen.

According to UNICEF, more than 6,700 children have been killed and injured since 2015 until 2019, in addition to about 358,000 Yemeni children suffering from acute and severe malnutrition.

In previous press statements, UNICEF Director Henrietta Four said that more than 6,000 Yemeni children were killed or injured directly due to the war and fighting, while a child dies every 10 minutes due to epidemics and starvation, which could have been prevented without the war.