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UNICEF Chief Calls Yemen War “a Test of Our Humanity” That “We Are Badly Failing”

HeadlineMay 17, 2019

In Yemen, rescue workers pulled a bloodied young girl from the rubble of her home in Sana’a Thursday after an airstrike by the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition killed both her parents and all four of her siblings. The latest Saudi-led strikes came as the United Nations Children’s Fund warned that four years of U.S.-backed Saudi attacks have left at least 7,300 children killed or seriously injured. This is UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

Henrietta Fore: “Each day, another eight children will be killed, injured or recruited to the fighting. And every 10 minutes, another child will die from a preventable cause, like a lack of food, with 360,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. In fact, half of the children under 5 years old in Yemen—there are 2.5 million children—are stunted. And stunting, as you know, is irreversible. … Yemen is a test of our humanity. And right now we are badly failing this test.”

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