UN official accuses world of ignoring Yemen crisis

    UN official accuses world of ignoring Yemen crisis

    Dec.7, Sanaa: In the hands of the doctor, baby Ibrahim's head seems impossibly small. He cradles the child gently, conscious of his fragility. Everything around him seems improbably large.

    The nappies Ibrahim wears are the smallest available but are still too big. With his large eyes and hollowed out face, with ribs which press against his skin, the baby looks as if he is shrinking back into himself.

    It seems perverse to describe a child in this state of as "lucky". But Ibrahim has survived 21 days and doctors are hopeful he will endure. His twin brother died soon after he was born.

    His mother, Wafaa Hatem, sits on the bed with her son, stroking his fingers when he cries.

    Like three million other Yemenis, the family was displaced by the war. Their daily existence is circumscribed by the challenge of finding food to eat.

    Ibrahim's father is a taxi driver but with a collapsing economy he struggles to find customers.

    "Sometimes my husband gets work," says Wafaa, "sometimes he can't find any. We eat sometimes, and sometimes we cannot provide anything."

    It is one testimony from a war that has caused child malnutrition rates to jump by 200% in two years.

    Fifty per cent of medical facilities no longer function. Some have been bombed by the Saudi-led coalition, others have ground to a halt because there is no funding.

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

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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