Children in parts of southern Yemen have the highest rates of acute malnutrition ever recorded in the area—affecting more than 580,000 under-5s, UN News reports.
- More than 1 in 4 children are acutely malnourished, reveals a new analysis from the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification.
- Southern areas show a 15.5% rise in children with severe acute malnutrition—which leaves children 10X more likely to die of cholera, diarrhea, malaria or acute respiratory infections.
The Quote: “We have been warning for several months now that Yemen was heading towards a cliff. We are now seeing the first people falling off that cliff,” said Jens Laerke of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The Pandemic Is Heaping on More Misery
And it appears that the toll of COVID-19 is much worse for Yemen than reported.
A first-of-its-kind study measuring burial activity reveals a stark mismatch between excess deaths and reported COVID cases and deaths, Reuters reports.
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine researchers counted graves in cemeteries in Yemen’s Aden region, using high-resolution satellite imagery, and calculated an estimated 2,100 “excess deaths” between April and September.