The 7-Year-Old Who Symbolized Yemen's Humanitarian Disaster

Amal Hussain, an emaciated Yemeni girl whose image quickly became a symbol of Yemen’s humanitarian disaster, has died, The New York Times reported.
 
Just 7 years old, she was one of 1.8 million severely malnourished children in Yemen. 3 years ago, her family was driven from their home in Saada, a Houthi stronghold heavily targeted by Saudi airstrikes.

Amal’s mother couldn’t afford to relocate her to a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital 15 miles away. She had no money, and fuel prices have spiraled 50% in the past year.

In the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death, Saudi Arabia’s top arms suppliers—Britain and the US—have called for a ceasefire. But the humanitarian disaster continues unabated, with nearly 18 million people not knowing where their next meal will come from, writes Joanne Lu in an NPR commentary.
 
To understand how Yemen devolved to this point, Robert F. Worth’s New York Times Magazine piece—studded with Lynsey Addario’s devastating and powerful images—offers important insights and backgrounds into the intractable conflict at the heart of the disaster.

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