Approximately 63,000 Yemeni children needlessly died of preventable causes in 2016 alone, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Many of these deaths were linked to malnutrition and treatable diseases. And 63,000 is a conservative estimate.
This staggering statistic was reported in passing in January, but has rarely been mentioned since. It got little attention, while media outlets fixated laser-like on the crimes of US enemies, such as Syria, Russia, and Iran.
Meanwhile, in the months since, the US and Saudi Arabia have ramped up their war in Yemen, exacerbating the worst humanitarian crisis in the world — a catastrophe they created.
The needless deaths of tens of thousands of Yemeni children should be one of the biggest scandals filling the headlines of all media outlets today — but it is the US that is guilty, not a Western enemy, and there is ergo little attention.