The youngest victims of Yemen’s war: Starving babies are being treated in hospital where medics fight to save their lives as millions suffer from famine brought on by the conflict
- Babies and children are attended to at the Al-Sabaeen Hospital in Sanaa as the conflict in Yemen rages on
- Mothers were seen cradling their children as they clung to life, suffering from severe malnutrition in Yemen
- Two million people been displaced by the conflict and 60,000 others have died since war started in 2015
Horrifying images of Yemen’s starving children have shined a light on the brutal reality facing millions of civilians due to famine caused by the ongoing conflict.
Parents were pictured cradling their severely malnourished children at the Al-Sabaeen Hospital in Sanaa as the Yemeni government’s war against the rebels rages on.
In one of the disturbing images, a severely malnourished child who looks no more than a few weeks old, clings to life as his face is contorted in agony and wrinkles due to the lack of food and water.
UK-based independent research group Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project said the death toll in Yemen was around 60,000 in December.
A severely malnourished baby, who looks no more than a few months old, fights for his life at the Al-Sabaeen Hospital in Yemen
The little child’s small limbs and face look devoid of muscle, fat and water as he clings to life at the Al-Sabaeen Hospital
The little baby cries as it writhes in agony at the Al-Sabaeen Hospital. His small limbs are so slender that the bones in his legs and arms are very prominent
Yemen’s government and the Houthi rebels have agreed on the first stage of a mutual pullout of forces from the port city of Hodeida, a key entry point for humanitarian aid, the United Nations said.
The agreement came after two days of meetings in Hodeida, a UN statement said.
The warring parties agreed to a ceasefire in the city and a prisoner exchange during talks held in Sweden in December, but the implementation of both has been stalled.
The statement said both sides ‘made important progress on planning for the redeployment of forces as envisaged in the Hodeida agreement’.
Yemen’s government has been battling the rebels since 2014, when the Houthis swept down from the north and seized the capital Sanaa.
Another small child is given a gas mask at the hospital facility. The area has struggled to get foreign aid into the region and the Red Cross has warned if the war carries on, Yemen could see its worse famine for more than 100 years
Two million people displaced have been displaced by the conflict in Yemen, and those who have stayed behind have suffered hugely
A Saudi-led coalition entered the war on the side of the government in March 2015.
The stalemated conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and raised fears of famine.
‘It’s encouraging news that this has happened, as people had been losing faith in the process, causing fears that we’d soon see a return to combat in and around Hodeida,’ said Peter Salisbury, a senior analyst at the Brussels-based International Crisis Group.
He said the parties now need to implement the agreement, warning that ‘there is plenty of room for them to play games here, so we shouldn’t get overexcited’.
Many children are affected by the famine as a consequence of ongoing war and conflicts in Yemen
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt hailed their progress, tweeting that the agreement must be ‘swiftly finalised & implemented’ and urging progress on the prisoner release.
Under the UN-brokered agreement reached in December, both sides agreed on the redeployment of forces out of Hodeida, which is currently controlled by the Houthis.
Yemen’s government and the Houthi rebels have agreed on the first stage of a mutual pullout of forces from the port city of Hodeida, a key entry point for humanitarian aid, the United Nations said. Pictured: A child at the Al-Sabaeen Hospital
Local authorities and police would run the city and its three ports under UN supervision.
The first stage of implementation, agreed upon over the weekend, would see both sides withdraw forces from the ports of Hodeida, Salif and Ras Issa, which handle about 70% of Yemen’s imports.
UN envoy Martin Griffiths, meanwhile, departed from Sanaa on Monday, a day after meeting with rebel leader Abdul-Malek al-Houthi to discuss the ‘complex situation’ in and around Hodeida.