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Amal: striking symbol of Yemen's humanitarian crisis

Abdullatif Al-Washali
Press TV, Sana'a

Her name meant 'hope' in Arabic, a hope that dissipated in a tragic way.

Three years ago, a photograph of Amal Hussain, suffering from severe undernourishment, triggered shock and outrage across the world, drawing global attention to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Saudi-imposed war in Yemen.

A week later, the 7-year-old starved to death and became a striking symbol of the catastrophic situation in the war-ravaged Arab country.

Amal was one of the nearly two million children suffering from severe malnutrition in Yemen.

Three years since her tragic death, the situation hasn't improved for the ill-fated Yemeni children as the country continues to grapple with the acute food crisis and lack of medicine for children.

The protracted Saudi-imposed war and siege on Yemen has killed tens of thousands of civilians, including women and children. It has pushed the country to the brink of famine.

The United Nations describes Yemen as the 'world's worst humanitarian crisis' where more than 20 million people rely on aid. But the world body has failed to take any measures to put an end to the humanitarian crisis facing the country.

While Amal is no more, millions of Yemeni children continue to suffer from the consequences of the brutal foreign aggression.


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