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Vastavam web: UN chief Antonio Guterres urged countries today to pitch in to help prevent a looming famine in war-torn Yemen, warning that children especially were already dying at an alarming rate.”Yemen today is experiencing a tragedy of immense proportions,” the UN Secretary General told country representatives gathered in Geneva for an aid pledging conference.”We are witnessing the starving and the crippling of an entire generation,” he said, adding that Yemen is gripped by “the world’s largest hunger crisis”.The conference, co-hosted by the Swiss and Swedish foreign ministers, comes after the UN in February said Yemen needed USD 2.1 billion (1.9 billion euros) of aid this year alone.The UN had warned that unless international donors stepped up their response the war-torn country faced a “serious risk of famine”.By today, only 15 per cent of that appeal had been funded, Guterres said.
A total of 17 million people, or around 60 percent of its population, are going hungry, while seven million of them do not know where their next meal is coming from and need immediate food aid, the UN said.On average, a child under the age of five dies of preventable causes in Yemen every 10 minutes,” Guterres said.This means 50 children in Yemen will die during today’s conference, and all those deaths could have been prevented.Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom noted that with two million children out of school, there is a growing risk of recruitment by armed groups, while two-thirds of girls are married off before the age of 18.Yemen’s war has pitted pro-government forces against Iran-backed Huthi rebels and their allies, renegade troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.