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Malnourished Children Badly Suffering During The Yemen Civil War (Photos)

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.  

Source: Reuters 

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Malnourished Children Badly Suffering During The Yemen Civil War (Photos)

Malnourished Children Badly Suffering During The Yemen Civil War (Photos)

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Intensive care wards in Yemen's hospitals are full of malnourished children.

Intensive care wards in Yemen's hospitals are full of malnourished children.

Yemen civil war and reorganization of the central bank has caused food shortage in the country. 

Salem Issa is one of the 120 patients admitted due to starvation in Yemen's hospital. 

Salem Issa is one of the 120 patients admitted due to starvation
in Yemen’s hospital. 

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." 

Food ships are unable to enter into Yemen's ports.

Food ships are unable to enter into Yemen's ports.

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. 

Food crisis is adversely affecting the life of Yemenis. 

Food crisis is adversely affecting the life of Yemenis. 

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." 

At the Thawra hospital in the port of Hodeida, nearly 120 malnourished children are struggling for life. 

At the Thawra hospital in the port of Hodeida, nearly 120
malnourished children are struggling for life. 

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.

Central bank is left with no funds which lead to food crisis in Yemen.

Central bank is left with no funds which lead to food crisis in Yemen.

Hallways and waiting rooms in Yemen's hospitals are full of parents seeking help for their malnourished children. 

In April 2016, the hospital had 10-20 cases of malnourished children. 

In April 2016, the hospital had 10-20 cases of malnourished children. 

Now, nearly 120 starving kids get admitted to the hospital every month. 

Food importers of Yemen have been struggling since July 2016. 

Food importers of Yemen have been struggling since July
2016. 

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." 

Western banks are not ready to process payments and the whole system is frozen up due to Yemen civil war. 

Western banks are not ready to process payments and the whole system is frozen up due to Yemen civil war. 

Let's pray for peace and prosperity in Yemen.

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