Cholera Epidemic Worsening Daily In Yemen; Children Urgently Need Humanitarian Assistance, UNICEF Says

Al Jazeera: UNICEF: 10 million Yemeni children need urgent help
“About 10 million children in Yemen are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, according to UNICEF, as the country copes with the war between the Saudi-backed government forces and the Houthi rebels. In a statement posted on its official Facebook page on Thursday, UNICEF’s Yemen office said that most children in Yemen lacked basic medical care, adequate nutrition, fresh drinking water, suitable sanitation, and education…” (7/6).

Devex: With limited aid, Yemen cholera ‘getting worse every day’
“…Conflict, lack of supplies, costly logistics, and inadequate funding have all deterred or prevented humanitarians from scaling up. Yet even more critically, Yemen itself has few coping mechanisms left after more than two years of conflict. By the time cholera struck, public services in Yemen had collapsed, including the systems for health and water. … Until the conflict ends, few expect that grim reality to change…” (Dickinson/Lieberman, 7/6).

New York Times: Cholera Spreads as War and Poverty Batter Yemen
“…Cholera is also on the rise in the Horn of Africa because of long-simmering conflicts there. Yemen’s African neighbors, Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya, have had a total of about 96,000 cholera cases since 2014, international aid groups say. The crises in Africa, however, pale in comparison to the one in Yemen. Since a severe outbreak began in late April, according to UNICEF, cholera has spread to 21 of the country’s 22 provinces, infecting at least 269,608 people and killing at least 1,614. That is more than the total number of cholera deaths reported to the World Health Organization worldwide in 2015…” (Almosawa/Youssef, 7/7).

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