Charity highlights Grim fate of babies in war zones

FAMAGUSTA GAZETTE

A new report says five times as many babies die as a result of conflicts around the world, compared to the number of soldiers.

The British charity ‘Save the Children’ says that in the past five years, half a million children have been killed through starvation, disease and lack of medical care rising from war.

The worst affected countries include Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In Yemen, only half of the country’s health facilities are properly functioning, with at least 15 million people lacking basic healthcare.

It is estimated that more than 22.2 million people – or 75 percent of the population – is in need of humanitarian assistance. The conflict has left two million people displaced from their homes.

The civil war in Yemen began in 2014 when the rebels captured the capital Sanaa.