Save the Children Australia Chief Executive, Paul Ronalds, has told Dave Wood that  the Turnbull Government has pledged  $10 million to help alleviate the massive humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

 

The funding will help deliver life-saving assistance to innocent children and their families ensnared in one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in the world today. And it reinforces the important role Australia can play to ensure vulnerable children are protected and supported in those areas hardest hit by conflict and natural disaster.

The situation in Yemen is now the largest humanitarian emergency in the world, but response efforts are severely underfunded. Before the conflict, the country had one of the highest malnutrition rates in the world, with half of children under the age of five chronically malnourished.  The conflict has exacerbated this situation, with almost 7 million people now needing emergency food aid, almost two-thirds of the population facing hunger, and the UN warning the country is sliding into famine. All up about 7,500 civilians have been killed in the conflict, 1,500 of them children, since March 2015.

Save the Children is responding to this crisis. We are on the ground delivering crucial health, nutrition, education, child protection, food security and clean water assistance across the embattled nation.”

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The full report “Every Day Things are Getting Worse”: The Impact on Children of Attacks on Health Care in Yemen can be accessed here:http://watchlist.org/about/report/yemen