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Recovering from severe malnutrition in Yemen

Recovering from severe malnutrition in Yemen
From Reuters - October 24, 2017

HODEIDAH, Yemen (Reuters) - Smiling and sitting down to bread and milk with her family, Yemeni teenager Saida Ahmed Baghili is barely recognizable a year on from the photo of her emaciated frame that came to symbolize the countrys humanitarian crisis.

Baghili now weighs 36kg (80 lb), according to her father, more than triple the 11kg she weighed last October when Reuters first met her at the al-Thawra hospital in Sanaa, where she was undergoing treatment for severe malnutrition.

There the 19-year-old was unable to talk, let alone carry her ghostly, skeletal frame, which is now stronger after weeks of specialist care and time at home.

Saidas body got better because shes eating better, but shes still having trouble swallowing, her father Ahmed Baghili said at their home in Hodeidah this month.

She can only eat milk, biscuits and juice.

Baghilis plight reflects that of many families in the Arabian Peninsulas poorest country, where a two-and-a-half-year war between a Saudi-led Arab coalition and the Iran-allied Houthi movement has claimed 10,000 lives.

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