UNICEF starts relief fund for children in Yemen

UNICEF USA has started a relief fund to help the suffering children of Yemen. You can donate to the fund here.

Children are suffering the effects of malnutrition and displacement after a year of political instability, as well as fighting between the government and militant groups. Some families are even living in caves after fleeing violence.

“Don’t be afraid, we are not going to harm you, we are here to take care of you,” says Hana to the little girl who clutches her doll, afraid of the strangers who have come to her house. Do they want to take her away from her mom? But Hana and her colleague are enumerators and are here to see if little Fatima is malnourished, if she needs treatment. Sadly a quick measurement of her arm with a special tape shows she is much thinner than she should be at her age. “Fatima has severe malnutrition,” says Hana. “We have to refer her immediately to the outpatient therapeutic center so she can get appropriate care.” Rasha Al-Ardi/UNICEF Hodeidah/2011

The latest UNICEF report showed that “58,338 severely acute malnourished children were treated… in the past 11 months.”

However, countrywide it is estimated that 4 million children suffer from severe malnutrition. Many more resources such as plumpy’nut are needed for UNICEF to treat these children.

Read more about UNICEF’s response to the crisis in Yemen in my interview with director Geert Cappelaere.

first published at Global Hunger Examiner.

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