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IN People ON 05 Oct, 2016
The hospitals in Yemen are full of chronically malnourished children and adults. Yemen is struggling with civil war and reorganization of banks due to which food might not arrive in the country. It is estimated that the situation might get worse due to Yemen civil war with the coming days.
According to the World Food Programme, half of the Yemen's kids under 5 years of age are stunted due to chronic malnutrition. Read on to know the heartbreaking tale of malnourished children in Yemen.
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Yemen civil war and reorganization of the central bank has caused food shortage in the country.
The gloomy mother of 6-month-old explained, "I have a sick child, I used to feed him biscuits, but he's sick, he won't eat."
According to United Nations, 10,000 people were killed in Yemen's 18-month-old war. More than half of the country's population i.e. 28 million people are suffering from food starvation due to Yemen civil war.
Richard Stanforth, a humanitarian policy adviser with Oxfam Charitable organization explained, "The politicization of the central bank and attempts by the parties in the conflict to use it as a tool to hurt one another ... threaten to push the poorest over the edge. Everything is stacked against the people on the brink of starvation in Yemen."
Yemen's exiled president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi ordered the central bank's headquarters to be moved to the southern port of Aden held by the government. Trade sources involved in food import claimed that the decision will expose the financial loopholes in the system.
Hallways and waiting rooms in Yemen's hospitals are full of parents seeking help for their malnourished children.
Now, nearly 120 starving kids get admitted to the hospital every month.
One trade source explained, "We have begun to cancel our forward contracts - it's just impossible to trade when there is no financial system in place. There is no coverage from the central bank where we can trust them or know them. This leaves anyone bringing in cargoes completely exposed declining to be identified due to the worsening security situation and fear of reprisals."