The way to end the entirely man-made disaster is clear, said Anthony Lake, the executive director of UNICEF. “Stop the war,” he said, addressing those involved in the civil war, both inside and outside Yemen. The suffering among the country’s 27 million people is staggering.
AMMAN, Jordan — Warring sides in Yemen’s civil war promised visiting U.N. agency chiefs to clear obstacles to aid delivery in a nation where cholera is spreading rapidly and hundreds of thousands of children are severely malnourished, the head of the U.N. child welfare agency said Thursday.
The growing suffering of Yemen’s civilians, including millions of children, is the result of fighting that erupted in September 2014 and is driven by regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran. The U.S. has backed a Saudi-led coalition with intelligence, satellite imagery and billions of dollars in weapons sales.
The way to end the entirely man-made disaster is clear, said Anthony Lake, the executive director of UNICEF. “Stop the war,” he said, addressing those involved in the civil war, both inside and outside Yemen.
Lake said ordinary people around the world should feel “immense pity, even agony, for all of these children and others who are suffering, and they should feel anger, anger that this, our generation, is scarred by the irresponsibility of governments and others to allow these things to be happening.”
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In Yemen, he stood by the bedside of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, accompanied by mothers who had struggled to get them to the hospital.
“What stays with you is their eyes,” he said of the children. “Their eyes are looking up at their mothers with this look of trust, and we won’t know for how many that trust will be fulfilled and they live, and (how many) others will die.”
The suffering among Yemen’s 27 million people, reflected in statistics, is…