A haunting video of a badly malnourished 12-year-old woman in Yemen highlights the ongoing devastation of the brutal war that has ravaged the country for four decades, as the population continues to teeter on the verge of famine.
Fatima Qoba weighs only 10 kilograms (22 lbs ) and is experiencing severe malnutrition. In which her framework is dwarfed from the bed that she lies \she is being treated in a clinic in Hajjah.
The head of the clinic, Makiah al-Aslami, stated Fatima is “skin and bones due to the challenging life of her loved ones,” who are “displaced persons from Al-Sha’ab area who are not provided with shelter, meals or medications.”
The family of eleven children and their father fled their house close to the Saudi Arabian border and are now living under a shrub.
Her sister, who is also called Fatima, advised Ruptly, “I do not know if we can look after her or if she will be malnourished again because of the challenging conditions we are experiencing. We don’t have anything to feed her with.”
Aslami stated more pregnant women are suffering from acute malnutrition and that she expects to see even more devastation.
“We speak not only about children under the age of five people who do not have three meals [a day], we’re also talking about the next generation that are malnourished as their mothers suffered from malnutrition while they were pregnant,” she explained.
The conflict in Yemen has escalated as a Saudi-led coalition started bombing the country in March 2015 so as to reinstate exiled president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, after Houthi rebels loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh took over the capital, Sanaa.
Human rights groups have long been warning of the threat of famine, using a Saudi blockade making the import of goods and humanitarian help a challenge.
The UN declared Tuesday that the two sides have agreed to begin a withdrawal of forces from the port of Hodeidah, in which nearly all of the country’s food imports enter.
The World Food Programme says 15.9 million people wake up starving in Yemen daily and child disease is one of the worst on earth.
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