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Major Humanitarian Organizations Urge U.S. To Take Action In Yemen; Save The Children Estimates 85K Children Under 5 Might Have Died From Hunger-Related Causes

The BMJ: Yemen: Number of children under 5 who have died from malnutrition may be as high as 85,000, says Save the Children
“An estimated 85,000 children aged under five may have starved or died from hunger-related disease since Saudi Arabia and its allies began fighting in Yemen in March 2015, according to the charity Save the Children…” (Dyer, 11/22).

CNN: Act now over Yemen conflict or share blame for mass famine, charities tell U.S.
“The United States will bear shared responsibility for what may be the largest famine in decades if it does not cease its military support for the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in Yemen, the heads of five major humanitarian organizations have warned. In an unusually stark joint statement, the leaders of the International Rescue Committee, Oxfam America, CARE U.S., Save the Children USA, and the Norwegian Refugee Council USA together urged the U.S. government to act to save Yemeni lives…” (Smith-Spark/Elbagir, 11/26).

Washington Post: 85,000 children have starved to death during the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, says new report
“…With only a few hospitals still operational, the nongovernmental organization says that the human toll of the conflict cannot be fully captured by simply relying on official numbers. Instead, the charity used historical mortality rates and United Nations data on Yemeni malnutrition to estimate that more than 25,000, or 20 to 30 percent of all acutely malnourished children, have died every year since April 2015. The estimates, the NGO said, may still be lower than the actual number of deaths…” (Noack, 11/21).

Additional coverage of the Save the Children report is available from CBS News and Deutsche Welle.