According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than 11 million Yemeni children are in dire need of humanitarian aid due to Saudi Arabia’s ongoing aggression against the impoverished country.
OCHA on Monday released a statement, describing the conflict in Yemen as “devastating”. It said Yemeni children were facing “the largest food security crisis in the world and unprecedented cholera outbreak”.
“Deprived of access to basic health and nutrition services, children are unable to fulfill their potential,” the statement said.
It added that Yemeni children were dying of “preventable causes like malnutrition, diarrhea, and respiratory tract infections.”
The agency also referred to the uncertain fate of millions of Yemeni schoolchildren as thousands of teachers refuse to attend classed due to not receiving their salaries in the past year.
“The education system is on the brink of collapse, with more than five million children at risk of being deprived of their right to education,” it said.
Yemen has been under deadly Saudi airstrikes since March 2015, as part of Riyadh’s attempt to crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstall the former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a close ally of Saudi Arabia.
Over 12,000 Yemeni people have been killed since the start of the Saudi-led military campaign against the impoverished country.