11 million Yemen kids need aid: UN

Amman: More than 11 million children in war-torn Yemen are in desperate need of humanitarian aid, the United Nations children’s fund warned on Sunday. “Today it is fair to say that Yemen is one of the worst places on earth to be a child,” said Geert Cappelaere, Unicef’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “Two million children today in Yemen suffer acute malnutrition (and) almost every single Yemeni boy and girl” is in acute need of humanitarian assistance, he told a press conference in Jordan’s capital Amman. “Today we estimate that every 10 minutes a child in Yemen is dying from preventable diseases.” UN officials have warned that Yemen could face the world’s largest famine in decades unless a crippling blockade by a Saudi-led coalition battling the Ansar Allah is lifted. — AFP