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One little boy, one enormous crisis: Hassan wastes away as Yemen implodes

A 10-year-old boy weighing just 13kg is just one among two million Yemeni children whose lives are on the line

Essa al Ragehi and Abdulrhman Al-Ansi

Four months ago, 10-year-old Hassan Merzam Muhammad was so severely malnourished he was unable to walk or react, carried limp into a Yemeni clinic by his father.

Then, his image in one of Reuters’ pictures of the year helped draw world attention to his country’s plight. Today, after treatment, he plays with a toy car, sits on a donkey and, mute since birth, uses hand signals and a smile to communicate.

But malnutrition hangs like a spectre over him and two million other Yemeni children as war, economic decline and Covid-19 push the country closer to what the UN warns could be the worst famine for decades...

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