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Hunger Crisis in Yemen Puts ‘Entire Generation’ at Risk, UN Warns

Nearly 100,000 children in Yemen are at risk of death due to food security crisis, United Nations (UN) agencies warned.

Nearly 100,000 children in Yemen are at risk of death due to food security crisis, United Nations (UN) agencies warned.

An analysis from the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) last Oct. 27 showed that in some parts of Yemen, more than one in four children are suffering from acute malnutrition.

United Nations Children’s Fund Spokesperson Marixie Mercado said that the number of children with acute malnutrition increased by 10% since the beginning of the year, amounting to a total of 587,573 children, according to the analysis.

But the acute malnutrition rates among children under five years old in the southern areas of Yemen increased by 15.5%, which is the highest ever recorded, Mercado further said, citing the analysis.

The analysis further revealed that 40% of the population or around 3.2 million people in the areas analyzed by IPC would be severely food insecure by the end of the year, World Food Programme Spokesperson Tomson Phiri said.

Phiri also noted that food prices in the war-stricken country in the Middle East have “skyrocketed” to an “average 140% higher than pre-conflict averages.”

“Yemen is on the brink of a catastrophic food security crisis. If the war doesn’t end now, we are nearing an irreversible situation and risk losing an entire generation of Yemen’s young children,” Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Lise Grande said in a statement.

Last September, UN reduced food distribution aid in Yemen due to lack of funding and called the situation as the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis.”

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