Story by mnnonline.org — “Every ten minutes, a child in Yemen dies from a preventable illness, according to UNICEF. The country’s civil war continues to exacerbate the poverty here, and add to the thousands of deaths that have occurred over the last two years. Yemen is one of the four countries included in what’s being called the largest humanitarian crisis in many decades. And yet, Yemen receives little attention compared to what’s going on in Iraq and Syria.
“Rachel Elwood of World Gospel Mission says, ‘The war in Yemen has been going on for two years now, and it doesn’t get the press that other conflicts like Syria and Iraq have gotten.’
“She says there are many reasons why this is so, but it’s definitely not helping bring relief to the nation. ‘Yemen was, prior to the war, one of the poorest — if not the poorest country — in the Middle East. The poverty rate at that time was about a third, so 34 percent. But it’s doubled in the last two years. It’s doubled to 62 percent of people living in poverty,’ she explains.”
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