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Shameful milestone of children killed or maimed in Yemen

Shameful milestone of children killed or maimed in Yemen

United Nations, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday regretted a shameful milestone in Yemen, where 10,000 children have been killed or maimed since fighting started in March 2015. That´s the equivalent of four children every day.
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These are of course the cases UNICEF was able to verify. Many more child deaths and injuries go unrecorded, to all but those children’s families.

In addition, four out of five children need humanitarian assistance, accounting for over 11 million chlidren, according to UNICEF´s data.

Some 400,000 children suffer from severe acute malnutrition, over two million are out-of-school and another four million are at risk of dropping out.

‘At the current funding levels, and without an end to fighting, UNICEF cannot reach all these children. There is no other way to say this – without more international support, more children – those who bear no responsibility for this crisis – will die.

‘UNICEF urgently needs more than US$235 million to continue its life-saving work in Yemen till mid-2022. Otherwise, the agency will be forced to scale down or stop its vital assistance for vulnerable children.

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