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This Child Is A Reminder Of Just How Bad Things Are In Yemen

Nine months of war has left Yemen in the midst of a nearly forgotten humanitarian disaster.

Posted on December 3, 2015, at 4:16 a.m. ET

This is Hayat. She's three years old and lives in Yemen, where on September 24th her house in the Amran governorate was destroyed in an airstrike.

Hassan Al-Najjar/ICRC

The Saudi Arabia-led air campaign against the Houthi rebels that seized control of Yemen has lasted for nine months now, creating a situation that aid groups and the United Nations have declared a humanitarian disaster.

The airstrike killed Hayat's sister and left her severely wounded, enough so that her right foot needed to be amputated when she reached a hospital, supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Mohammed Abdullah/ ICRC

In this photo, provided by the ICRC, Hayat is in the process of being fitted for a prosthetic leg at a Red Cross-supported Physical Rehabilitation Center in Sanaa, Yemen's capital. The ICRC is currently supporting 9 hospitals and 12 primary health centers in Yemen.

The fighting's toll has hit children especially hard. International non-profit Save The Children on Tuesday issued a new report saying that at least 637 children have been killed since the hostilities began in March — or at least three per day.

Mohammed Abdullah/ ICRC

The World Health Organization as of November has attributed some 5,723 civilian deaths in Yemen to being caused by the war.

The fighting has left 82% of the population in need of some humanitarian assistance, with very, very little funding available. As of Wednesday, the total UN request for $1.6 billion in aid was less than half funded.

Mohammed Abdullah/ ICRC

Here's a small bit of good news though: Hayat was able to receive her new leg, and as of last week, she was adjusting to her new leg well, according to the ICRC, and walking on her own.

Yeyha Arhab/ICRC

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