Urgent Yemen aid appeal as millions starve

  • 13/12/2016
It is estimated 460,000 children under five are suffering from severe malnutrition (ITV)
It is estimated 460,000 children under five are suffering from severe malnutrition (ITV)

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An urgent appeal has been launched to save more than seven million children and adults from starving to death as they are caught in the middle of Yemen's civil war.

In one of the poorest countries in the world nearly half a million children are suffering from severe malnutrition.

The UN estimates at least 10,000 people have been killed in the 20-month conflict between the Saudi -led coalition and Houthi rebels.

Urgent Yemen aid appeal as millions starve

51 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday, Salahaddin was one of them (ITV)

Salahaddin (pictured) is 14-months-old and fighting for his life.

The effects of severe malnutrition have weakened his body he's unable to turn his head as his tiny skeleton lies fragile.

A few days after these pictures were filmed, Salahaddin passed away.

The young boy is far from alone with an estimated 460,000 children under five suffering from severe malnutrition.

Alice Klein from Save the Children has just returned from Yemen and told ITV of the scenes she witnessed in hospitals and clinics.

"You walk in and it's wall-to-wall parents with their tiny babies and children who are severly malnourished.

"They have their ribs jutting out, they are just skin and bone. A lot of them are struggling to breathe. They're essentially fighting to stay alive," she says.

Now the Disasters Emergency Committee, which brings together 13 of the UK's leading aid charities, is launching an appeal.

British actor Martin Clunes is one of those fronting the fundraising efforts.

"It's really struggling in the news, people's awareness of it is tiny with all the other ghastly stories going on but the crisis is very, very real.

"Two-thirds of the population need some sort of assistance. Half a million children are starving," he says.

The charities behind this new appeal are hoping the public responds generously to help those whose lives hang in the balance.