Yemen facing world’s “worst famine in decades” - BBC News

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Published on 23 Feb 2021, 22:29
Yemen is at risk of the worst famine the world has seen in decades according to the United Nations.

The UN is warning that 16 million people will go hungry this year, including 400,000 children, who will suffer from severe acute malnutrition and could die without urgent treatment.

Yemen was already the Arab world’s poorest country before its civil war escalated in 2015. Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, control most of the country.

A Saudi-led coalition which is backed by the UK has been carrying out a bombing campaign, in support of Yemen’s internationally-recognised government.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by international correspondent Orla Guerin.

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