Starvation & The Forgotten War: Child Malnutrition Rates Up 200% In Yemen Since 2014

‘Yemen is being slowly starved to death,’ declared a representative of the humanitarian NGO OxFam. ‘This is not by accident – it is systematic.’
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    SANAA, Yemen — As the world focuses on the crisis in Syria, a U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition continues its war on Yemen, targeting the civilian population with starvation and the destruction of infrastructure crucial for survival.

    At least 10,000 people have died in the conflict, mostly civilians, but a looming hunger crisis could drive that toll far higher.

    “An entire generation could be crippled by hunger,” declared Torben Due, country director for the World Food Program, in a Oct. 25 report from the U.N. News Service.



    According to a WFP investigation into hunger carried out in June, some 14.1 million Yemeni, or 51 percent of the population, are food insecure, many of them children. The WFP estimates it will need to care for about 700,000 children under five, pregnant women, and nursing mothers in order to prevent “moderate acute malnutrition.” Also known as wasting, this condition can cause severe, long-lasting effects on children’s cognitive and physical development.

    The crisis in Yemen, along with conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, South Sudan and elsewhere, has prompted the United Nations to request a record-breaking $22.2 billion in humanitarian aid for 2017, the news service reported on Monday.

    Jim Clarken, the chief executive of the humanitarian NGO Oxfam in Ireland, accused the Saudi-led coalition of deliberately targeting the civilian population through starvation. In a report published Wednesday, Clarken explained the situation to the Irish news website BreakingNews.ie:

    “Yemen is being slowly starved to death. First there were restrictions on imports – including much need food – but when this was partially eased the cranes in the ports were bombed, then the warehouses, then the roads and the bridges. This is not by accident – it is systematic.”

    The Saudi military, supported by a coalition of other Middle Eastern states and backed by U.S. military assistance, began the attack in March 2015, a few months after the Houthis took power in Yemen in a coup.

    Although the offensive was ostensibly aimed at forcing the Houthis out of power again, the Saudis have deliberately targeted civilians and vital civilian infrastructure from wells to hospitals.

    Fergal Keane, a BBC reporter in northern Yemen, reported on Tuesday that child malnutrition rates have increased 200 percent since the conflict with the Houthis broke out in 2014. According to U.N. data, 3.3 million people have been internally displaced by fighting and 19.4 million lack access to clean drinking water or sanitation.

    “Key roads and bridges are frequently attacked, making the delivery of assistance even more difficult,” Keane wrote.

    Some 51 percent of hospitals and other medical facilities have also been rendered inoperable by the war. On Wednesday, the World Health Organization reported that there are critical shortages of doctors in about 40 percent of the country. Of 276 districts in Yemen surveyed by the WHO, 49 had no doctors available at all.

    An anonymous human rights activist from Yemen who tweets as @Living_Yemen and volunteers with a local NGO called Your Ability Organization, warned that Yemeni children are dying of preventable diseases and that even a cold or fever can become deadly due to malnutrition and the lack of available medical care.

    “Emotionally it’s a never ending pain with an entire generation of children scarred for life,” the activist wrote in The Guardian on Tuesday.

    At best, attempts by the U.N. to negotiate peace look uncertain. On Tuesday, the exiled government of Yemen rejected a proposed roadmap to peace, which called for President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to relinquish his power in return for the Houthis ceding control of key cities.

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    • TrulyMe16

      The pain and helplessness is heart rending. The Saudis will never turn human. Someone has to stop this.

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    • TecumsehUnfaced

      Have you heard of G. William Domhoff? He came out with a new edition of Who Rules America and includes some new neat utilities, I’ve played with only a little.

      https://popularresistance.org/power-politics-social-change/
      http://www2.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/theory/conspiracy.html
      http://www2.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/

      • tapatio

        I’ve heard of him – but, that’s about it. I’ll read the articles this weekend. Thanks.

    • TecumsehUnfaced

      If he does, the vampires behind the curtain will do a Vince Foster on him. After all, the ruling vampires have two obedient boys in line to take his place, Pence and Ryan.

      • tapatio

        Very true. At the moment, I have no clue about what’s going to happen. Scary!!!

        • TecumsehUnfaced

          I don’t either. But I speculate.

          It seems that every choice that Trump makes seems certain to breed more instability and conflict. There are no anchors, only crazy, predatory extremists. His taking the vindictive and narcissistic Jared Kushner as a closest confidant and advisor is asking for explosions. His massive corruption will be so obvious and repulsive that it may provoke a general congressional rebellion in which he will be lucky to get any nominees confirmed.

          Eventual impeachment seems certain, but is not a good option for us considering what will replace him. Our best hope may be to muddle through the next four years in chaos, providing the basic functions of government can be maintained.

          But there’s a wild card: what will the ruling globalist vampires do? There’s only one thing certain: they will act according to what they see as most fit for maintaining and increasing their power. But they are probably confused and don’t agree what’s best for them in a novel situation. But they do love chaos. Only they have the power and information to hedge on all sides for profit and to manipulate surprise results for which they along are prepared to take advantage of. Even so, there are a lot of dice tumbling. How many whistle blowers will they turn up? Reformers? Traitors?

          I just hope we don’t lose the Internet, our only source of genuine information. There’s a possibility that it can remain impervious to Trump’s foulest intentions.

          http://dailysignal.com/2016/12/07/how-democrats-could-regulate-internet-even-after-trump-takes-office/

          All this condensed: I stand with you having no clue what’s going to happen.

          • tapatio

            The vampires will die without their US government “familiar”. Washington is what keeps them in power and alive. Without it, there is a potential lynch mob seven billion strong. To be effective for the Vampires, Washington MUST have the support of most of the American people……..their docility, at the very least. Civil war is very, very unhealthy for vampires.

            The openness of the internet is a big concern. It’s loss would not cause a civil war here. So is the possibility that the vampires’ sociopathy may have reached the level that they have the delusion that war with Russia and China is “winnable”…………it isn’t. I grew up (until age 13) surrounded by nuclear and guidance/propulsion scientists. The best possible scenario is two billion scattered survivors, mostly in very primitive regions. The worst scenario is that the cockroaches take get their turn running the Earth.

            • TecumsehUnfaced

              I agree.

              There have been a lot of reports on fake news lately. This is one of the
              genuinely good ones. The failed deceptions, thoroughly documented, are
              hilarious.

              http://www.globalresearch.ca/who-is-behind-fake-news-mainstream-media-use-fake-videos-and-images/5557580

              • tapatio

                Good Morning. This “fake news” scam is NOTHING but a way for the JWO to attack honest news sites. They couldn’t care less about “news” that isn’t accurate and contrary to their lies. The “fake news” list is a good reading list of sites that are honest about the NWO/JWO, once you’ve deleted the silly sites.

                • TecumsehUnfaced

                  When I investigate Bezos’ rag, it seems that more and more people are perceiving that way. They think it’s The Onion.

                  • tapatio

                    In ways, The Onion is more truthful. But, of course, Bezos is as much of a scam artist as the rest of his cult.

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    • TecumsehUnfaced

      Those photographs are yet another revelation of what kind of people are the Saudi Headchoppers, and their allies, the ZioNazi and Empire thugs.

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      • tapatio

        REMEMBER THAT THOSE JUDEO-NAZ!S, OF THE ROTHSCHILD-BILDERBERG PREDATORY CAPITALIST EMPIRE, ARE THE ONES WHO PUT THE SAUDI HEAD-CHOPPERS IN POWER 100 YEARS AGO AND WHO CONTROL THE SAUDIS TODAY.

        • TecumsehUnfaced

          With the climate change driven by the greed of vampire elite, the “Empty Quarter” will expand to consume the the whole of the Arabian Peninsula. The money-drunk al-Sa’ud have exhausted the acquifers of the Peninsula to grow the wheat they could have bought instead of barrel bombs.

          Also, there will be desertification all around the Mediterranean, especially at the eastern end, cooking all the Zionists, some predict as early as 2050. My guess is significantly earlier, because climate change is moving along much faster than the predictions from politically pressured scientists.

          • tapatio

            Doesn’t matter. For the last year, I’ve had the suspicion that the Arabian Peninsula is being prepared as a scapegoat for alllllllllll that has been done to humanity by the Judeo-Naz!s.

            There’s a reason that the ONLY competent Wahhabi fighters are members of ISIS and Al Qaeda. The Saudi army is barely able to tie its boot-laces.

            One of these days, we may see a short propaganda build-up and one of the following……

            1) Full sanctions against the Saudis.
            2) An invasion of the Peninsula (think of the profits)
            3) Riyadh turned into a glowing crater

            “There, world, your beloved Zionist friends have just eliminated allllllll of your problems. Go back to sleep now and let us finish milking you dry.”

            • TecumsehUnfaced

              Such drama! Will the water or the oil run out first? Will we get to see the Riyadh crater glowing?

              • tapatio

                I do tend a bit toward the dramatic in writing, huh? In reality, an air-burst would leave no, or slight, crater………..nothing but a large area of mostly flat ground, surrounded by ruins, in increasingly good condition the farther from “ground zero” one got. None of it would “glow”, of course, but would still be very deadly.

                The “glowing crater” came from a sci-fi movie – but, it does paint a good word picture.

                • TecumsehUnfaced

                  The commoners are poor in Saudi Arabia. Maybe we it would be cheaper just to put a price on the heads of the al-Sa’ud.