The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has said that the highest ever recorded rates of malnutrition kids in Yemen comes as Saudi Arabia continues with aggression against the country.
UNICEF said in a report on Monday that nearly 2.2 million children in the impoverished country need immediate care because of acute malnutrition, with 1.7 million alreaady suffering from moderate acute malnutrition.
This is an increased figure of almost 200% from the 2014 recordings.
“Malnutrition in Yemen is at an all-time high and increasing,” said UNICEF’s envoy to Yemen, Meritxell Relano, adding, “The state of health of children in the Middle East’s poorest country has never been as catastrophic as it is today.”
The report said the worst affected areas were located in the provinces of Hudaydah, Sa’ada, Ta’izz, Hajjah and Lahij with Sa’ada having the world’s highest stunting rates amongst children.