Intel organisations’ figures do not reflect the scale of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, rights group says

The Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor on Wednesday said in a report that the figures released by international and UN organisations regarding the humanitarian crisis in Yemen do not reflect the true extent of the daily suffering of the population in their desperate attempts to put food on their tables during the month of Ramadan.

The rights body highlighted in its report that about seven out of every ten people in Yemen need humanitarian assistance to survive, at a time when more than 80 percent of the population face severe difficulties in providing food.

The malnutrition rates in Yemen remain among the highest in the world, with over half of the population, totaling 33.7 million people, experiencing severe food insecurity, the report confirmed.

The greatest burden of this humanitarian crisis falls on children, with around 600,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, which includes a sharp decline in weight and/or height, posing a life-threatening risk unless urgently addressed, it further stated.

On the educational level, the report ssid that about 3 out of every 10 school-age children are unable to attend school due to complex reasons, including poverty, displacement, and overcrowded classrooms resulting from the reduction in the number of schools fit for study due to war or their use as military barracks.

According to the World Food Programme, 3.5 million people are suffering from severe malnutrition, with aid suspended in northern Yemen since last January due to funding shortages.

The economic deterioration resulting from the war and the consequent destruction of civilian infrastructure and the lack of basic public services are among the main causes of the humanitarian crisis in the country.

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