A new report from the United Nations highlighting Yemen's current humanitarian crisis has found that a child dies every ten minutes in the Arab country - from preventable causes.
"Overall, the plight of children remains grim: a child under the age of ten dying every ten minutes of preventable causes," Stephen O’Brien, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, told the Security Council.
Shockingly, 2.2 million babies are suffering from acute malnourishment and 80 percent of the entire population are in need of food aid; there are fears that a famine could become a reality on 2017.
“The conflict in Yemen is now the primary driver of the largest food security emergency in the world,” O’Brien explained.
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“If there is no immediate action, famine is now a possible scenario for 2017."
The organisation is now calling for a ceasefire to allow urgently needed deliveries of humanitarian aid and to resume political talks on ending the war that has been in existance since March 2015.