Over 400,000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition and another 2.1 million are in severe need of urgent medical attention, UNICEF states. Over 400,000 are on the verge of starvation in Yemen. Sadly, these statistics have risen, and have reached an all-time climax in 2016, the rate of child starvation increased by a rate of 200% since 2014.

On Monday, UNICEF stated in its report that every 10 minutes, at least one child dies of malnutrition, diarrhea, and respiratory tract infections. Meritxell Relano of Al Jazeera said that child starvation and death has risen to an all-time climax in 2016 compared to previous years.

"Malnutrition is at an all-time high and increasing."

What does malnutrition look like in Yemen?

For children under the age of five in Yemen, severe acute malnutrition is the leading cause of child mortality. These children display symptoms of low weight for their height, a puffed out belly, frail and skeletal build, and so on.

Stunting is also displayed by a huge number of children in Yemen. Sadly, about 8 out of 10 children are affected, a rate of about 80% out of the general child population. As a matter of fact, stunting is a situation where a child is too short for their age. Stunting does irreversible damage to the child's physical health and cognitive abilities. A child's first 1000 days are the most important in his life.

Malnutrition and disease can cause stunting which could be passed to the child's offspring in the near future.

State of affairs in Yemen

Since 2014, the Arabian peninsula country had been torn apart by wars caused by Houthi fighters in alliance with troops loyal to Ali Abdullah. They captured large areas of the the country, including Sanaa, the city's capital.

The conflict also affected Yemen's health system which is also collapsing according to the UNICEF report.

The Arab coalition has been blamed for the destruction of several medical centers and medical facilities, schools, mosques, factories and even homes. At the moment, only 55% of the population have access to clean water.

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