ACTNews, HODEIDAH – Five children were killed by an attack in Tuhayta District in Southern Hodeidah, Thursday (2/28), as told by UNICEF in their official statement.
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore stated that the civil war in Yemen have claimed the lives of many children. “In Yemen, children can no longer safely do the things that all children love to do – like go to school or spend time with their friends outside. The war can reach them wherever they are, even in their own homes,” said Fore, Saturday (3/2). She also added that at least right children were killed or injured in 31 conflict zones across the country.
Children are among the most vulnerable victims of the Yemen conflict. Their lives are threatened by both the violence and the malnutrition. Approximately 85,000 children under the age of 5 may have died from extreme hunger or disease since the war in Yemen escalated more than three years ago, as reported by CNN.
Such fact was also found by The Washington Post journalists when they went to Al-Jarb Village, a remote hamlet ringed by craggy mountains in the hinterlands of Hajjah Province. They met a number of children suffering from severe malnutrition: Abdo Saleh (3), Maysa Mohammed Ali (12), Sami and Mohammed Shuee (10). The Washington Post describes Mohammed Shuee as having arms and legs the size of sticks. For three years, he had not seen a doctor.
Apart from war and malnutrition, death of children in Yemen is also caused by disease outbreaks. One of the diseases that threaten the lives of Yemeni children is cholera. According to Reliefweb, The Ministry of Public Health and Population of Yemen reported 7419 suspected cases of cholera with eight associated deaths during epidemiological week 5 (28 January – 3 February) of 2019. Ten percent of cases are severe. The cumulative total number of suspected cholera cases from 1 January 2018 to 3 February 2019 is 413 770, with 543 associated deaths. Children under five represent 32.0% of all suspected cases. The outbreak has affected 22 of 23 governorates and 311 of 333 districts in Yemen. The governorates reporting the highest number of suspected cases of cholera during this reporting period were Al Hudaydah (1583), Amanat Al Asimah (978), Arman (902), Ibb (882), and Sana’a (850).