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Humanitarian crisis worsening in Yemen's forgotten war
02:51 - Source: CNN

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Story highlights

Saudi-led coalition carried out 200 airstrikes in days since talks collapsed, security sources say

Destroyed health system led to 10,000 preventable child deaths in 2015, UNICEF says

Sanaa CNN  — 

Dozens of schools and hospitals have been bombed. Foreign powers have carried out deadly airstrikes. Political chaos has created a vacuum for militant groups like ISIS to flourish and sieges have cut off rebel-held areas from desperately needed aid.

A building in flames after an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in February, in Sanaa.

You might think this is a picture of war-torn Syria, but it is in fact Yemen, where a bloody civil war has created what the UN calls a “humanitarian catastrophe.”

YEMEN: Relentless attacks on hospitals

But unlike Syria, the world’s gaze has largely missed a conflict that has left millions in need of aid and pushed communities to the brink of famine.

As such, many term it the “forgotten war.”

“It’s probably one of the biggest crises in the world but it’s like a silent crisis, a silent situation and a forgotten war,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Jamie McGoldrick told CNN.

The health service has “completely collapsed” and “children are dying silent deaths,” McGoldrick said, as medical facilities continue to be bombed relentlessly.

Child victims

A malnourished boy lies in hospital in Houdieda, Yemen on September 9, 2016

Since the conflict began in 2015, an estimated 10,000 people have been killed, according to the UN.

Harrowing photos of children wasting away are undoubtedly the most telling images of Yemen’s war. UNICEF reports that 1.5 million children are currently malnourished in the country, 370,000 of them severely. On top of this, 178 schools have been attacked, according to data collected by the Yemen Post.

“The scale of suffering as a result of the ongoing conflict in Yemen is shocking. An estimated 21.2 million people, which constitutes nearly 80% of the total population, need humanitarian assistance. Almost half of those in need are children,” said UNICEF Yemen Representative Meritxell Relano.

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