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2008.01.01

Yemen – Children face the future (Nutrition) 
* 03분 30초
* 01-DEC-2007

The face of malnutrition in Yemen is a child’s face. Naser is five months old, but he weighs less than most newborns. Ravaged by a lack of proper nutrition brought on by incorrect feeding practices, Naser faces a difficult battle back to health. 

It is a process repeated often here. In the Yemeni Swedish hospital in Taiz, each day more babies are brought in from the surrounding countryside. Over 50 percent of children under five in Yemen are stunted-robbing children of both physical and mental potential. 

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr.Nagiba Abdullah Al-Mahdi: 
“As this department was opened we see a lot of cases and they are increasing. In the beginning the department was only one patient and sometimes empty. And now we get a lot of patients, but no space.”
Correspondent question: “Do you think that you would classify this as an emergency?"
“Yes, it is an emergency, it is an emergency”

Asia Hadi is bringing her daughter, Owlf , for a checkup. When Owlf was 4, she was brought to the hospital as a last resort. Now she is a cheerful a cheerful 6 year old, but Asia keeps a photo to remind herself how close they came to losing their daughter. 

Asia comes from Aldahi, a village 50 kms from Tiaz. Like thousands of Yemeni women, she looks after her children alone and hopes that they get money from her husband. 

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Asia Hadi, Owlf’s Mother: 
“The main problem is that my husband is far, and he has stayed for a long time. Most of the time I don’t have anything to feed the children.”

It shouldn’t be like this. The Taiz wholesale markets burst with fresh fruit. The produce is whisked away to sellers every morning. But looks can deceive; over 70 percent of food is imported. 

And many men would rather spend their limited money on this product, Khat, a mild narcotic.

While their families go hungry, a vast amount of effort, space and water is given to growing a plant with zero nutritional value. 

Every evening, you would be hard pressed to find an adult male here not chewing khat. In fact, many men spend up to 50 dollars a month on the narcotic. An outrageous sum considering the average income is only about 75 dollars a month.

SOUNDBITE (English) Aboudou Karimou Adjibadé, UNICEF Representative: 
“The access to food is in competition with the consumption of Khat in this country. It is becoming more and more important and is taking the family revenue. We have also to stress out that this is a very, very important issue for the future of Yemen.”

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