400 Thousand Yemeni Children at Risk of Death from Malnutrition in 2021

With the ongoing conflict, economic deterioration, the Covid-19 pandemic, and lack of donation have increased malnutrition cases in Yemen. Approximately 400 thousand Yemeni children under five years old will lose their life due to malnutrition this year.

Yemeni child in the camp
Illustration. A Yemeni child in the camp (ACTNews)

ACTNews, YEMEN – At least 400 thousand Yemeni children under five years old are expected to die due to malnutrition in 2021. According to Reuters, the United Nations mentions that the high number of malnutrition among Yemeni children is caused by the prolonged conflict and crisis in Yemen.

The conflict has caused food insecurity and made it difficult for the Yemenis to afford food. It becomes even more difficult for them since the Covid-19 outbreak. According to the report released last February, the number of children under 5 who are at risk of death has increased by 22%.

Every child with malnutrition reflects their respective family's condition. Therefore, the increasing number of malnourished children reflects the high number of Yemeni families dealing with food insecurity.

The ongoing conflict, economic deterioration, the Covid-19 pandemic, and lack of donation in 2020 have contributed to the deterioration of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. There is a lot of institutions or services assigned to prevent millions of people from hunger and disease which are gradually closing due to the lack of donation.

Firdaus Guritno from the Global Humanity Response Aksi Cepat Tanggap explains, through various humanitarian programs, ACT continues to strive to provide assistance for Yemen. “We understand that since the Covid-19 pandemic the condition of the world is getting more and more unstable. Everyone has felt the impact. However, for those of us who are still able to survive, let's strengthen our support to help those who require help. They are the victims of humanitarian conflicts including those in Yemen,” said Firdaus.

So far, the programs initiated by ACT in helping the Yemenis consist of food distribution, free medical care, and clean water distribution. He hoped that the humanitarian assistance from Indonesia could continue to help the Yemenis.[]