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Hunger stalks children in Yemen as UN cuts aid programs

Hunger stalks children in Yemen as UN cuts aid programs

World
AL-HANABIYA, Yemen -- When Issa Nasser was born late last year in a village in northern Yemen, his weight was about 3 kilograms, or 6.6 pounds. Now, the 7-month-old infant weighs nearly the same — less than half the average weight for his age — and has wafer-thin skin and emaciated limbs. Issa’s condition mirrors what the U.N. children’s agency warned about last week, that millions of children in war-torn Yemen could be pushed to the brink of starvation as the coronavirus sweeps across the Arab world’s poorest country and as humanitarian agencies suffer from a huge drop in funding. The baby's father, Ibrahim Nasser, a 51-year-old displaced fisherman now living in the village of al-Hanabiya in the district of Abs in Hajjah province, said the family has spent most of Issa's months-long life
‘Millions of children could die unless the world wakes up to what’s happening here’

‘Millions of children could die unless the world wakes up to what’s happening here’

World
Her name is Salwa. She is five years old and weighs just three-and-a-half kilograms.In the middle of the world's worst humanitarian disaster, now hit by coronavirus and a crisis of funding too, this is what childhood looks like. Our cameraman found Salwa with her parents and siblings in the mud hut that is the family's third home in her short life. Image: Yemen's funding has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic "My daughter suffers from severe malnutrition," her father tells us. "She is five years old and was always like this."Now she is in a bad condition and our situation is much worse because of the war and coronavirus. We are trapped in our houses and we cannot afford 100 Yemeni Rials (less than 20p) for food for one day. ...
UNICEF: Millions of Yemeni children on ‘brink of starvation’

UNICEF: Millions of Yemeni children on ‘brink of starvation’

World
June 26 (UPI) -- Millions of children in Yemen already suffering under five years of conflict risk being pushed to "the brink of starvation" amid the coronavirus pandemic, the United Nations warned Friday as it appealed to the international community for more than $ 460 million. UNICEF said in a new report published Friday that the number of malnourished children under five years of age could increase by 20 percent to around 2.4 million, or half of all Yemeni children in this demographic, while an additional 30,000 children could develop life-threatening acute malnutrition in under half a year's time. Advertisement Another 6,600 children under five could die from preventable causes by the end of 2020, representing an increase of 28 percent, the report said. "Countless childhoods have been...
Measles vaccinations in U.S. children fall up to 60 percent since pandemic, CDC says

Measles vaccinations in U.S. children fall up to 60 percent since pandemic, CDC says

Health
May 8 (UPI) -- Pediatric vaccination against measles has declined by as much as 60 percent nationally since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The reduced number of vaccine doses ordered and administered under the agency's pediatric vaccines program could leave young people vulnerable to measles after coronavirus-caused social distancing restrictions are lifted, CDC said in the report. Currently, the CDC recommends that children receive two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine, with the first dose given at 12 to 15 months old and the second at ages 4 to 6. Teens and adults also should be current on their MMR vaccination, the agency said. The CDC's Vaccines for Children program is a f...
Some coronavirus stimulus checks go out without $500 for qualifying children

Some coronavirus stimulus checks go out without $500 for qualifying children

Finance
NoDerog | E+ | Getty ImagesMillions of families are counting on government stimulus payments to get some financial relief amid the coronavirus pandemic.However, some are opening their bank accounts to find an unwelcome surprise: payments that exclude their qualifying children.Many complaints are coming from one particular group: individuals who are receiving government benefits such as Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or veterans benefits.Following legislation passed by Congress, individuals are eligible for one-time payments of up to $ 1,200, or $ 2,400 per married couple, plus $ 500 for each of their children under age 17.So a family with three qualifying children could find $ 1,500 missing from their stimulus money if their dependents are not included.More from Person...