UN: Yemen children in dire need of aid

October 24, 2017 Off By Web Desk

Dubai (OIC-UNA) � The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Monday that more than 11 million Yemeni children need humanitarian aid as a result of a war raging since March 2015.

OCHA, which described the conflict as “devastating”, said children are facing “the largest food security crisis in the world and an unprecedented cholera outbreak”, AFP reported.

“Deprived of access to basic health and nutrition services, children are unable to fulfill their potential,” the UN’s humanitarian coordination agency said in a statement.

Children in Yemen are dying of “preventable causes like malnutrition, diarrhea, and respiratory tract infections,” it said, adding: “The education system is on the brink of collapse, with more than five million children at risk of being deprived of their right to education.”

The UN has listed Yemen as the world’s number one humanitarian crisis, with seven million people on the brink of famine and a cholera outbreak that has caused more than 2,000 deaths.

Source: International Islamic News Agency