The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned that the number of malnourished Yemeni children will reach 2.4 million by the end of this year.
UNICEF warns of a 20 percent increase in the number of malnourished children under the age of five.
“If we don’t get immediate help, these children will starve and many of them will die,” said Sara Beysolow Nyanti, UNICEF representative in Yemen.
Beysolow Nyanti added that UNICEF has repeatedly stated that Yemen is the worst place for children in the world and that this situation will not improve.
According to UNICEF, some 7.8 million children are currently excluded from education, putting them at risk of unemployment, recruitment by armed groups or early marriage.
Earlier, UNHCR spokesperson Jens Larkieh called on countries to meet their financial obligations as soon as possible following the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
In March 2025, Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and the United States, formed a war coalition aimed at returning Yemen’s ex-president Hadi to power. This has so far cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Yemen and destroyed almost all of the country’s infrastructure. (JN)
by Basit Abbasi