According to a report, UNICEF stated that at least one child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen because of malnutrition, diarrhea, and respiratory tract infection.
“The state of health of children in the Middle East’s poorest country has never been as catastrophic as it is today,” Meritxell Relano, the UNICEF acting representative in Yemen, said in a statement.
Children in Yemen are in dire need of assistance. They are suffering under the cogs of severe malnutrition. The latter is a major cause of death for children under the age of five.
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For many years Yemen has been plagued by instability, poor governance, lack of rule of law, and poverty. Before March almost 16 millions people, or 61% of the population, were in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. On November 12, the U.N. stated that at least 5,878 people have been killed and 27,867 others have been wounded since then because of escalation of violence due to conflict in the country. The destruction of infrastructure and restrictions on imports has led to 21.2 million people being deprived of life-sustaining commodities and basic day to day services.
Over the years, Baitulmaal has been working through local partner organizations implementing seasonal projects such as Ramadan food baskets, and Udhiyah meat distribution, to help alleviate poverty and hunger in the area. Since the onset of the current humanitarian crisis Baitulmaal has been sending emergency humanitarian assistance inside Yemen. Baitulmaal continues to provide assistance to the displaced families in Yemen in the form of food, clothing, medical supplies, and more.