Amal Hussein, a 7-year-old Yemeni girl, whose photograph in the New York Times last week became a symbol of Yemen's humanitarian conflict has passed away. Her family said that she died due to acute malnutrition.
The image, taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Tyler Hicks, showed the undernourished girl lying on a bed at a mobile UNICEF clinic in Yemen's Aslam town.
The photo created uproar across the world and also brought attention to lakhs of children suffering from malnutrition owing to the aftermath of Yemen's devastating civil war.
“On a trip to Yemen to see the toll the war has taken, we found Amal at a health center in Aslam, 90 miles northwest of the capital, Sana. She was lying on a bed with her mother. Nurses fed her every two hours with milk, but she was vomiting regularly and suffered from diarrhea.” Reported NY Times.
Dr. Mekkia Mahdi, the doctor in charge, sat by her bed, stroking her hair. She tugged on the flaccid skin of Amal’s stick-like arms. “Look,” she said. “No meat. Only bones.”
Her condition deteriorated further, with frequent bouts of vomiting and diarrhea.
Last year, Yemen suffered the largest cholera epidemic in modern times, with over a million cases.
The doctors working there requested the international community to extend more help to cope up with one of the most severe healthcare crises of the modern times.