The Middle Eastern nation of Yemen is on the verge of losing an entire generation of children to starvation and most of the world is silent. There are images coming out of the country of children starving to death and they are extremely disturbing. Every child under the age of five years old in Yemen is on the verge of dying and few are reporting on it. “We are nearing an irreversible situation and risk losing an entire generation of Yemen’s young children,” said Lise Grande, U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen.
Yemen is currently the poorest and most dangerous country in the world for children. It is a very dangerous situation. According to a U.N. Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), every child in Yemen under the age of five years old is at serious risk of starvation. In total, there are an estimated 1.4 million children in Yemen and all of them are at risk of dying from either war or starvation.
The UN has described Yemen as the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis, where 80% of the population relies on food donations and the food donations are barely enough to sustain life. Yemen is in the midst of a civil war that is supported by Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Shia and the Sunnis are fighting each other with children caught in the middle.
Few news outlets care to report on the conflict and few governments desire to intervene, because many wish to carry favor with the Saudi government.
Chinese Back to Jerusalem missionaries are currently working in Yemen, but little is known about their activities because it is not easy for them to report about their work. They are serving on the ground with very little support and almost no contact with the outside world. Please keep them in your prayers as they serve a nation where few aid workers are allowed to work.