Yemen in 2020: Children face war, starvation and COVID-19
Sustainable Development Goals: 3
- SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being
Today, in 2020, COVID-19 has thrown the world into an unprecedented global health crisis, forcing most countries into periods of lockdown and economic turmoil. However, the crisis in Yemen is much different from the rest of the world. UNICEF describes the conflict in Yemen as 'A living hell for children', where 12.2 million children are in the need of humanitarian assistance. With 5 years of conflict: 2 million children are malnutritioned, 1.7 million have been forced to flee their homes, a child dies every 10 minutes from preventable diseases and 2 million children are out of school. The conflict has made Yemen more vulnerable to COVID-19. There is a shortage of clean water, lack of sanitation, and health services that are void of basic equipment, supplies and testing kits necessary to detect and treat the disease. The spread of coronavirus will result in tens of thousands of children with acute malnutrition within the next 6 months.