Save the Children's CEO: 'Wars today are targeting children'
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Save the Children says over half a million children in conflict areas could die from extreme hunger by the end of the year – one child every minute. The CEO of Save the Children International and Denmark's former prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, spoke to FRANCE 24 about this alarming situation on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
Thorning-Schmidt also expressed her grave concern about the situation in Yemen, where her NGO says more than 5 million children are at risk of famine.
"Things are getting worse, not better, in Yemen ... It means that we have 400,000 children who are on the brink of famine. They suffer from severe acute malnutrition, which is the most extreme form of hunger," she told FRANCE 24's Marc Perelman.
"I’ve met some of those children. I sat with a baby in my arms, she was eight months old – she weighed the same as a newborn – and I think that if we hadn’t been able to help her mother and that child that week, she would have not lasted the week .... That’s what famine looks like."
“We can do much more to help the children of Yemen right now if we push our governments – everyone who has something to say to the warring parties in that region – to try to come to the negotiating table or at least de-conflict the situation," she added.