A new United Nations report projected that Yemen’s seven-year war will have claimed 377,000 lives by the end of 2021, including those killed by direct and indirect causes.
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) said in its report published on Tuesday that around 70 percent of the projected death toll would be children below five years of age.
The report found that this year, “a Yemeni child under the age of five dies every nine minutes because of the conflict.”
While the fighting in Yemen will have directly killed over 150,000 people, about 60 percent of deaths will have been caused by indirect impacts such as hunger, disease, and lack of drinking water.
“In the case of Yemen, we believe that the number of people who have actually died as a consequence on conflict exceeds the numbers who died in battlefield,” UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said.
The conflict that has been going on since 2014 has put at least 15.6 million people in famine and extreme poverty, but the UNDP highlighted in its report that recovery is possible if the war ends as soon as the year ends.
The UNDP projects that if the war ends by January 2022, Yemenis can “reverse deep trends of impoverishment facing the country and see Yemen leap to middle-income status by 2050”.
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