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“Malnutrition Hits Millions of Children in Yemen”

The New York Times, December 19, 2014, p.A6


“Yemen is the most impoverished country in the Middle East, and among its grim distinctions is having one of the highest rates of child malnutrition in the world.  Political turmoil since the 2011 uprising against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh has left an already feeble government even less able to care for its indigent citizens.  Chronic challenges have become emergencies as the state’s presence in much of Yemen has started to dissolve.  One million children younger than 5, roughly a third of the age group in Yemen, are suffering from life-threatening malnourishment, according to Daniela D’urso, the head of the European Commission’s humanitarian aid office in Yemen.  About two million children are chronically malnourished.  Nearly 60 percent of Yemeni children suffer from stunted growth, according to public health workers, who in the past few…

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