ACT offers assistance to nutritionally deficient kids in Yemen

ACT offers assistance to nutritionally deficient kids in Yemen

ACT distributed humanitarian aid to Yemeni children . (ANTARA/HO-Doc. ACT)

The face of Yemen has changed a lot from that four years ago. Inevitable damage and deaths have occurred. The deaths are mostly owing to ill health of Yemeni people and not owing to massacre
Padang, West Sumatra (ANTARA) - Indonesia's humanitarian non-governmental organization ACT has directed financial assistance and medicines donated by Indonesians for malnourished children in Yemen ravaged by civil war since the past four years.

The donations were handed out to undernourished children and families in Yemen, Said Mukaffiy of the ACT-Global Humanity Response (GHR) team noted in a statement here on Friday.

Mukaffiy revealed that there was a huge influx of malnourished children in Yemeni hospitals, pointing to Yemen's dire need for medicines, doctors, obstetricians, and nutritionists.

"The face of Yemen has changed significantly from that four years ago. Inevitable damage and deaths have occurred. Yemeni people have died mostly from ill health and not from massacre," he noted.

ACT teams and their partners in Sana'a have dispatched aid in the form of food, medical services, and vitamins several times, he remarked.

The NGO has appealed to Indonesians to continue to assist Yemeni people, as the war wages on.

Donations can be transferred to BNI Syariah bank account no: 866 02910 1904 0097 or 99 0000 761 on behalf of Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT), Mukaffiy stated.

In the meantime, with 24 million in desperate need of assistance and protection, some 80 percent of Yemen’s population is stuck in a “deadly loop” of suffering, war, and disease, amounting to “the world’s worst humanitarian tragedy,” the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and head of OCHA, Mark Lowcock, stated as reported by the UN News.

A recent UN study indicated that if fighting persists until 2022, “we can expect close to half a million deaths – including more than 300 thousand people, who will die from hunger, lack of healthcare, and related causes,” he told the UN Security Council on June 17, 2019.

A larger aid operation was vital to head this off, he stated. “If the fighting does not stop, today’s requirements will be a fraction of what we’ll need to keep people alive a few years from now,” he cautioned.

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