Starving Yemenis forced to eat vine leaves to stay alive | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Starving Yemenis forced to eat vine leaves to stay alive

In a remote pocket of northern Yemen, many families with starving children have nothing to eat but the leaves of a local vine, boiled into a sour, acidic green paste. International aid agencies have been caught off guard by the extent of the suffering there as parents and children waste away.

The main health center in Aslam district was flooded with dozens of emaciated children during a recent visit by the Associated Press.

Excruciatingly thin toddlers, eyes bulging, sat in a plastic washtub used in a make-shift scale as nurses weighed them one by one. Their papery skin was stretched tight over pencil-like limbs and knobby knees. Nurses measured their forearms, just a few centimeters in diameter, marking the worst stages of malnutrition.

At least 20 children are known to have died of starvation already this year, more than three years into the country’s ruinous civil war, in the province that includes the district.

The real number is likely far higher, since few families report their children’s deaths when they die at home, officials say. In one nearby village, a 7-month-old girl, Zahra, cries and reaches with her bony arms for her mother to feed her. Her mother is undernourished herself and is often unable to breastfeed Zahra.

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The US government and military are complicit with Saudi Arabia in war crimes committed in Yemen.

This is what life looks like to Yemeni children on the bring of death, due to starvation, ensured by the blockading of Yemeni ports, courtesy of US-enabled Saudi blockade, because all food, medicine, and humanitarian aid must be delivered by ship. Warning: graphic image:

Images: Yemeni children dying from starvation, courtesy of Saudi/US blockading of Yemen's ports

But we all have to do more than be sad that these kids are dying; we must be peacefully pro-active, by calling our alleged Congressional Representatives, and letting them understand that we are smart enough to realize that this collective punishment of Yemenis is a war crime.

Make sure that they understand that not working to stop American involvement in these atrocities will be a deal breaker, come November's the mid-terms, and ask them politely if they would be willing to go on the record, to support, or condemn, these actions.

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The US government and military are complicit with Saudi Arabia in war crimes committed in Yemen.

This is what life looks like to Yemeni children on the bring of death, due to starvation, ensured by the blockading of Yemeni ports, courtesy of US-enabled Saudi blockade, because all food, medicine, and humanitarian aid must be delivered by ship. Warning: graphic image:

Images: Yemeni children dying from starvation, courtesy of Saudi/US blockading of Yemen's ports

But we all have to do more than be sad that these kids are dying; we must be peacefully pro-active, by calling our alleged Congressional Representatives, and letting them understand that we are smart enough to realize that this collective punishment of Yemenis is a war crime.

Make sure that they understand that not working to stop American involvement in these atrocities will be a deal breaker, come November's the mid-terms, and ask them politely if they would be willing to go on the record, to support, or condemn, these actions.

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