Huge reaction to Irish journalist’s report on growing human crisis in Yemen

Huge reaction to Irish journalist’s report on growing human crisis in Yemen
A malnutritioned child being weighed in Yemen. Courtesy: Kate Benyon-Tinker / BBC

A heart breaking report by a BBC team lead by Irish journalist and BBC war correspondent, Fergal Keane, on the tragic human cost of the long running war in Yemen is receiving widespread coverage and plaudits across social media today.

A malnourished child being weighed in Yemen. Courtesy: Kate Benyon-Tinker / BBC

The report, televised for the first time on the BBC News at 10 yesterday, highlighted several emaciated toddlers and children who are on the verge of death due to malnutrition.

The featured children are part of the 14m Yemeni’s whose daily lives now revolve around finding food following a Saudi Arabian bombing campaign which has destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure and road network and which has seen malnutrition rates jump by 200% in just two years.

Keane’s report has highlighted a conflict which has been largely ignored by the international community and which has been overshadowed, despite its human cost, by wars in Syria and Iraq.

Responding to the ongoing crisis the senior UN official in the country, Jamie McGoldrick, told the BBC that aid agencies were "exasperated at the international response".

"The politics of the situation has overcome the humanity. The humanity doesn’t work anymore here. The world has turned a blind eye to what’s happening in Yemen..."

Part two of Keane’s report - looking at the causes of the crisis - will be shown on the BBC’s News at 10 tomorrow.

Keane’s harrowing first hand account of what he encountered in filming his report can be read on the BBC website here

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