People are gathered around a bed in the emergency ward of Al-Sabeen children’s hospital in Sana’a, the Yemeni capital. Five-month-old Atan is being examined while lying next to another struggling baby. He’s tiny, and his breathing is fast and shallow. His father is staring glassy-eyed while his mother holds an oxygen tube near the boy’s face. She’s wearing a niqab so all I can see are her eyes. There are no tears, but a terrible look of fear. Across the bed, a doctor frantically checks the baby over and demands urgently: “When was the last time he ate?” There is no answer.
Atan is severely malnourished. He’s been starving – as has his mother. She’s been eating so little she’s unable to breastfeed any more. She tried giving him goat’s milk, but it gave him diarrhoea.
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