UN: Half Of Yemen Suffering Malnutrition, Famine Looms Under Saudi Blockade
More than half of Yemen’s population is suffering from malnutrition, the United Nations told MEE on Wednesday, while warning the war-torn nation faces imminent famine.
A spokesperson for the UN’s office of humanitarian affairs said 51 percent of the population – some 14.1 million people – “are suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition today”.
Deputy spokesperson Jens Laerke said areas of Yemen have been designated either in crisis or in emergency – just one level below famine.
“We are highly concerned about these pre-famine conditions,” Laerke told MEE.
The UN children’s agency UNICEF has reported that 1.5 million children are suffering malnutrition, including 370,000 enduring very severe malnutrition that weakens their immune system.
- Oct 09, 2016