The death toll from the war in Yemen could reach nearly a quarter of a million people by the end of 2019, according to a UN report, calling it one of the “greatest preventable disasters facing humanity.”
The 60-page report, said the war in Yemen was morphing into a “war on children,” with one death of a child happening every 11 minutes and 54 seconds. The UN predicted that by 2022 more than 330,000 children could die. The report warned that if a ceasefire is not brokered by the end of the year, the total number of dead could rise to 233,000, with 60 percent being children under the age of five.
The report also raised concerns about famine in the country. 13.4 million people are at risk of starvation in Yemen, with the situation becoming more dire. According to the report, the war has sent Yemen a generation backwards in terms of development.