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Al Joumhouri Hospital, Saada City, Yemen. Yemen In Crisis. April 2017. Batool Ali, aged 6, crouches on a hospital bed suffering from severe acute malnutrition. At the time, Batool weighed only 15.8 kgs and only able to ingest liquids. The small pouch attached to her right arm is a local rural potion wrapped in a bag and used to ward off snakes whilst families take overnight shelter in homemade holes in the desert. During the night, many families leave their houses for the desert shelters in fear of airstrikes on their homes. In early July 2017, some 6 weeks after this photograph was taken, Batool passed away from complications due to cholera. Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world, has been crippled by a war between forces loyal to the internationally-recognized government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those allied to the Houthi rebel movement. More than 10,000 people have been killed and over 50,000 injured since March 2015, many of them in air strikes by a Saudi-led multinational coalition that backs the former president.