Yemen’s civil war has brought the country on the brink of a famine of “biblical proportions,” humanitarian aid workers said, with a child dying every 10 minutes, according to some. Jan Egeland, who heads the Norwegian Refugee Council and also advises the United Nations on Syrian humanitarian operations, told Reuters on Thursday that Yemen’s civil war might be less known than Syria’s, but it has led to a major disaster as well.

“All our efforts through the World Food Programme reached 3.1 million of seven million people who are on the brink of famine. So it means basically that four million people got nothing in April and these people are staring into the naked eye of starvation,” Egeland said. “We will have a famine of biblical proportions, if it continues like now with only a portion of those in greatest need getting humanitarian relief,” he added. FULL REPORT