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Yemen: Number of children under 5 who have died from malnutrition may be as high as 85 000, says Save the Children

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 22 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4949
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal, Canada

An estimated 85 000 children aged under five may have starved or died from hunger related disease since Saudi Arabia and its allies began fighting in Yemen in March 2015, according to the charity Save the Children.1

“For every child killed by bombs and bullets, dozens are starving to death and it’s entirely preventable,” said Tamer Kirolos, Save the Children’s country director in Yemen.

The figure is an estimate, since there is no accurate death reporting system. Only about half of Yemen’s health facilities are still operating—several have been bombed by the Saudi led coalition and most staff have not been paid since August 2016.

Instead, Save the Children analysed UNICEF data on malnutrition …

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