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UNICEF Warns 500K Yemeni Children Risk Severe Malnutrition, 3-Fold Increase Since March

Reuters: Half a million Yemen children face severe malnutrition: U.N.
“More than half a million children in Yemen face life-threatening malnutrition as a risk of famine grows, a senior official of the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. The figure, a three-fold jump since fighting erupted in March, reflects depleted food stocks compounded by a failing health system unable to care for hungry children or vaccinate them against disease, said Afshan Khan, director of UNICEF emergency programs worldwide…” (Nebehay, 10/16).

U.N. News Centre: More than half a million children now risk ‘severe malnutrition’ in Yemen — UNICEF
“… ‘To address increasing malnutrition levels, aid agencies have scaled up assistance and treated 97,000 children for severe acute malnutrition in the past six months, while 65,000 children have been treated for moderate acute malnutrition,’ said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the secretary general, briefing press at U.N. Headquarters…” (10/16).

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