7-year-old girl Amal Hussain, who became symbol of starving Yemen, dies of hunger
Amal Hussein, a 7-year-old Yemeni girl whose photograph in The New York Times became a symbol of the country’s long-running war, has died, Yemen’s Houthi terrorists-held Health Ministry said.
Amal’s family said she had died at a ragged refugee camp four miles from the hospital.
“My heart is broken,” said her mother, Mariam Ali, who wept during a phone interview. “Amal was always smiling. Now I’m worried for my other children.”
After Amal’s image was published, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a ceasefire “in the next 30 days.”
The three-year war between the US-backed Saudi-led coalition fighting against Houthi terrorists, armed and financed by Iran, has devastated Yemen and reportedly has killed at least 10,000 people.
UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths said that the most pressing factor justifying the US foreign policy move in Yemen was the threat of starvation.
“The threat of famine is a very real threat and risks doubling the numbers of people in Yemen who are at risk of dying of hunger or famine. That’s the urgent factor here,” he said.
Griffiths warned that the alternative to peace would be “devastating,” leading to a rise in famine, terrorism and further regional instability and affecting trade routes used to access Europe.