A girl from war-torn Yemen who had an aggressive tumour in her eye has been fitted with a prosthetic.
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(Picture: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and his wife Princess Haya at a horse-racing meeting in Epsom, in 2008.
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With the war in Yemen now in its fifth year the United Nations is warning that 80% of the population – some 24 million people – need some form of humanitarian aid, and nearly 10 million people are “just a step away from famine”. Medical services in the country are on the brink of collapse, and the UN says a child under five dies every 10 minutes, from preventable causes.
The country is divided by a fierce civil war between the internationally recognised government – backed by a Saudi led coalition – and the Houthi rebel movement – allied with Iran.
Many sick children have been trapped in the capital Sana’a by a Saudi ban on civilian flights. The BBC’s international correspondent Orla Guerin has been following the story of a girl and a boy in urgent need of medical evacuation. She reports now from Amman, Jordan. First broadcast: 01/04/2019