Women and girls paying "heaviest price" in Yemen as famine looms

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Girls fetching water in Mawyah district, Taiz. This role often falls on the shoulders of girls and young women, often at the expense of their education. (file) Credit: OCHA

Women and girls are "paying the heaviest" price as Yemen's humanitarian crisis deepens, increasing their vulnerability to violation and abuse.

That's the view of Anjali Sen, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in the country, who's in Geneva ahead of a High Level pledging conference on Tuesday, to try and pull Yemen back from the brink of famine.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres will chair the event on behalf of the war-stricken Arab state where 19 million are in need of aid, and seven million face starvation.

Ms Sen told May Yaacoub that the lives of around 52,000 pregnant Yemeni women were under immediate threat, due to complications they face giving birth.

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