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WFP: 150,000 Yemeni Children Could Starve to Death from U.S.-Backed Blockade

HeadlineNov 17, 2017
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In international news, the World Food Program is warning 150,000 children in Yemen could starve to death in the coming months if the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition continues to block food and medicine from entering Yemen. Save the Children says 130 children are already dying every day in Yemen. Lily Caprani, deputy executive director at UNICEF UK, appeared on Channel 4 on Thursday.

Lily Caprani: “This is now the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe. UNICEF and the other agencies, we’re still there. We’re still in the country, in fact, working in all of the areas of Yemen. But we can only save those lives if we can get the humanitarian supplies in that we need. And at the moment, this blockade is making that look dangerously unlikely. So, we have been able to purify water, to stop more waterborne diseases like cholera breaking out, and deliver therapeutic food to save the lives of starving babies. But if those supplies run out—and they might well do—then we can’t do that, and these children will die.”

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