The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund has warned against the highest ever recorded rates of malnutrition in Yemen, from which Yemeni kids are suffering.
UNICEF described the situation in Yemen as catastrophic amid scarcity of food supplies due to Saudi Arabia’s devastating military campaign against its southern neighbor.
The UN body reported on Monday that approximately 2.2 million Yemeni children were acutely malnourished and needed urgent care.
It added that most of the children, around 1.7 million, were suffering from moderate acute malnutrition.
UNICEF said nearly half a million children in Yemen were also suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
It went on to say that the figure showed a sharp increase of almost 200 percent, compared to what was recorded in 2014.
According to the report, the worst inflicted areas were located in the provinces of Hudaydah, Sa’ada, Ta'izz, Hajjah and Lahij, that have the highest rates of severe acute malnutrition in Yemen.
Sa’ada, a province located north of the capital, has the world’s highest rates of malnutrition amongst children, with eight out of 10 children being acutely malnourished.
“Malnutrition in Yemen is at an all-time high and increasing,” said UNICEF’s envoy to Yemen, Meritxell Relano.
Relano added that “The state of health of children in the Middle East’s poorest country has never been as catastrophic as it is today.”
Yemen has been under Saudi Arabia’s aggression since March 2015. Riyadh’s attacks have killed at least 11,400 people since the beginning of the conflict.