Malnutrition takes toll on children in Yemen

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There is a need to focus on ending malnutrition which is stunting and killing children in Yemen, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

UNICEF says that the political upheaval, continuing instability and underdevelopment have created a dire humanitarian situation in the country.

The agency is calling for immediate action to help the 13 million children who make up more than half of the population of Yemen.

UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado says that chronic malnutrition stunts almost 60 per cent of children in the country.

"Malnutrition is now the single most important underlying cause of child mortality in Yemen. A focus on malnutrition is one that allows for large investment in water and sanitation, in health, in livelihoods. These are all areas that are necessary for Yemen to get out of this chronic underdevelopment that it has been for decades now."

Duration: 25"

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