Inside Yemen's civil war where 8 million people are on the brink of starvation

"Nightline" gets an exclusive ground report from war-torn Yemen, which has left nearly three million homeless and 22 million in need of humanitarian aid.
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"Nightline" crisis in Yemen. Ian panel reporting. In a desperate area,small hungry children,this young boy sticks out, tired fragile body cradled in her father's arms. Salvation is taking its toll. She so weak. She can't even stand long enough for medics to get her measurements. At 14 months old the little girl weighs just 13 pounds. The doctor essentially is measuring the circumference of the top of her arm, around what is her bicep. It's just crossed into the red, which is severelyv Malo alnourishd. We come to Yemen. In the worst humanitarian crisis on Earth from a bloody civil war. On the ground it's hard to say which side is winning but with each day that passes it becomes clearer whose losing. Just getting into Yemen is a journey. Access for foreign journalists is restricted but we have come to investigate man made tragedy some of the world's most powerful nation would like you not to see. Our guide on this journey is international rescue committee, American charity Yi that serves as a life line for countless communities here. Every week their truck inches through these mountains. For villages like this this truck is difference between life and death. When you came down you looks worried about her. . He tells us he's afraid not just for his baby girl but also her five broerthers and sisters all under weight, all hungry. You look very thin what are you giving your children and eating yourselves? . Makes her very agitated? How's it affect her? . In November last year experts warned that 150,000 malnourished children could die in the coming months unless aide is allowed into Yemen unrestricted. Months later those restrictions are still in place. Aide workers take down details of the children to see who is at severe risk and there's any improvement. This family sent home with pack of protein packs, it's only help until the team is back next week. They are living off maybe one meal a day. Kelly rime is with the irc, in these parts it's the only health care on offer S of there are no clinics, no doctors, no one else is helping. We will notice that the children once put in the nenutrition program are back after six weeks. Here in Yemen the U.N. Says 22 million people are in need of assistance three-quarters of the the ire population. Even worse 8 million are now on the brink of starvation. The civil war here is fueled by foreigners. Battle lines constantly being redrawn. On one side government forces backed by Saudi Arabia and the emeri trks S by other the backed by Iran. Less than yemenpeople and more about who has control of the whole region and reaping the rewards Al Qaeda and ISIS. Civilians the are being kill bid both sides but only one air force. Saudi fighter jets struck civilians repeatedly. The Saudis get help from American intelligence refuel and bombs. Now there's growing resistance in Washington to the civilian deaths and American's role in Yemen. The United States involvement in Yemen is unconstitutional and unauorized. But the Saudi war continues with American support and weapons. It's a great honor to have the crown prince. The crown prince last week got the okay from the trump administration to buy a billion dollars of U.S. Arms more than 6500 missiles. From Wisconsin Wisniewski or Louisiana why should I care about what's going on here? Fundamentally because we're all people. Kids are kids. Parents are parents. We're all majoring same decisions. Making same decisions want the same things. Our behavior is a stain on American reputation. We're not living up to our core principles as Americans. You can see how hungry he is. And how he's enjoying the protein pack provided by the rescue community. There was a boat load of this plum Y nut due to dock in Yemen but the saudi-led commission stopped them it coming in at port saying they could be used by fighters instead. Some allowed in is just a trickle what is needed forcing parents to make heart breaking choices. Has anyone had to make a decision between medicine and food for Thur children? . The scars of war blight this country. This is the southern city of Aiden where the rebel advance was finally stopped, today the front lines are two hours away but that doesn't mean it's safe here. We got wear access to Yemeni soldiers on the ground, many war veterans patrolling streets that feel edgy, in a country where differences are settled not through politics but the barrel of the gun. Three years ago this street was over run by hugy rebels and you can see the intensity of the battle. This was one of the command centers. Today main threat is from Al Qaeda and ISIS and these troops in last few days alone have been attackd. So people keep an eye out for friend and foe. Who you would you describe the security situation?on? Commander has a high risk job. He says there's been six attempts on his life by opponents and terrorists. . He tries to down play the threat but the commanders war hardened fighters, the men at the check points tell us they are worried about the rising tide of insurgents. Violence has forced more than three million Yemeni from their home since 2015 start of the war. Many ending up in squalor camps like this. Young and old struggle in the dirt and the dust. Many families find the violence has followed them. ??? eight-year-old Saha is a living miracle shot right here in the camp and the bullet is still lodged in the back of her NECN. You can see on her neck. Don't want to touch it too hard. It hurts right now as it moves around a little. Can you remember anything that happened? . Her dad says the bullet is so close to her spine doctors won't risk taking it out. Does it hurt sometimes? When it hurts how does it feel? Her father says she was hit in a gun battle between Al Qaeda and locate am fighters. We're told violence like this is common despite all of the children living here. A threat we saw firsthand. A we went through the desert two men came to check us out, identified as Al Qaeda we were told to leave immediately. When we come back the doctors risking their lives to save others. ???

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