The poorest country in the Arab world, Yemen has been destructed by a bloody war between the Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led coalition, where numerous relentless airstrikes and blind air-bombing have caused large-scale destruction in the country.
Tens of thousands of innocent civilians have been extensively suffering due to the ongoing offensive from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (coalition). Many in the country is deprived of safe drinking water, proper healthcare facilities and even food.
Save the Children, a British charity for children’s rights has warned that 5 million children in Yemen are at a risk of Yemen famine, as the coalition is carrying out a major violence on a strategic port in the country.
According to state media in the United Arab Emirates, the coalition on Tuesday launched a campaign to recapture the port of Hodeidah held by the Houthi rebels. Save the children stated that any damage to the port, or its temporary closure would lead to a rise in prices of food and fuel, which will further put another 1 million children at risk of famine.
The CEO of the charity, Helle Thorning-Schmidt said that the “nutrition crisis… has serious implications” for the country’s young.
She said, “Millions of children don’t know when or if their next meal will come. In one hospital I visited in north Yemen, the babies were too weak to cry, their bodies exhausted by hunger. This could be any hospital in Yemen.”
She also added, “What happens in Hodeidah has a direct impact on children and families right across Yemen. Even the smallest disruption to food, fuel and aid supplies through its vital port could mean death for hundreds of thousands of malnourished children unable to get the food they need to stay alive.”
Earlier this month, the charity had reported that starvation is increasingly becoming a weapon of wars, revealing that over half a million children in the war zones could die of extreme hunger before the end of this year. Besides, Yemen is one of the countries, where children will need treatment for life-threatening malnutrition this year.
While the United States continues to supply arms to the Saudi and the coalition continues the violence in Yemen, the civilians, especially children, continue to suffer extensively. Is there any halt to this prolonged bloodshed of three years?