400,000 children in Yemen at risk of starvation – UNICEF

Closure of ports and airports 'making dramatic situation worse'

10 November, 11:14

    ROME - Nearly 400,000 children in Yemen are at risk of death from severe acute malnutrition, UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake has said. "The recent closure of all ports and airports is making an already catastrophic situation even worse," Lake said in a statement on Thursday.
    "To potentially add tens of thousands more children to this toll - tens of thousands more personal catastrophes for children and grieving parents - is simply inhuman," he added.
    "Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, called on all parties to the conflict to provide safe, rapid, unhindered humanitarian access to people in need, through all ports and airports, including Hudaydah port and Sana'a airport," Lake continued. "Children are not responsible for the conflict and carnage created by the adults. But they are the first victims. We must ask all the parties: What kind of Yemen do the ultimate victors expect to gain as they destroy it?".

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