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New famine fears loom in Yemen

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>> 18 months of a mostly forgotten civil war in Yemen has unleashed a humanitarian crisis and a famine looms over the country. Reuters photographers have documented shocking images of starving children in the capital and along the country's Red Sea impoverished coast. I'm Noah Browning reporting for Reuters from Dubai.
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The number of cases in those wards has multiplied in recent months. What they found were desperate parents fretting over their sick children. Young ones with bones sticking through sagging skin and situations where hospitals are too short staffed and too out of money to provide the necessary care that these starving kids on the brink of death need.
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Yemen is a country that was deeply impoverished even before the current war began. It has a very small agriculture industry and relies for 90% of its food on imports. The Saudi led coalition has implemented a near blockade on Yemen's ports to block what it says are arms imports to the country's Houthi movement.
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Unfortunately, that near blockade has also significantly reduced food imports. Adding to the crisis was a decision by the country's internationally recognized government-in-exile last month to move the country's central bank from Houthi-controlled areas in the capital Sanaa to its own base in Aden. Unfortunately, import and commercial sources told Reuters that it generally takes years for them to develop confidence in a country's central bank in order to continue imports.