HAJJAH, Yemen (Reuters) - Four months ago 10-year-old Hassan Merzam Muhammad was so severely malnourished he was unable to walk or react, carried limp into a Yemeni clinic by his father.
But malnutrition hangs like a spectre over him and 2 million other Yemeni children as war, economic decline and COVID-19 push Yemen closer to what the United Nations warns could be the worst famine for decades.
A struggling local health clinic sent him to the capital Sanaa for treatment, paid for by a charity.
But this year coronavirus restrictions, reduced remittances, locusts, floods and significant underfunding of the 2020 aid response are exacerbating hunger.
Doctor Ali Yahya Hajer, at Hassan’s local clinic, said the family needs nutritional baskets delivered to their home until the child’s and the family’s situation stabilises.
Hassan Merzam Muhammad, “ Hassan, ”, Tayeb Muhammed, Hassan, Doctor Ali Yahya Hajer
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HAJJAH, Yemen, Hajjah, Saudi, Iran