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Millions In Yemen Face ‘Pre-Famine Conditions,’ U.N. Report Says; Malnutrition Fueling Cholera Resurgence

CBS News: 8.4 million Yemenis depend on emergency food aid, says U.N. report
“A report published Tuesday on the risk of famine in Yemen says 8.4 million Yemenis are ‘severely food insecure and depend on emergency food assistance.’ It concludes that the crisis is directly related to ongoing conflict in the country. The report, which was published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and submitted to the U.N. Security Council, says that 75 percent of Yemen’s population — 22 million people — require some form of assistance and protection…” (Falk, 10/23).

IRIN: Cholera returns to Yemen, with powerful allies
“…[C]holera is now making a comeback, and something about this spike is different, says Elham Twaiti, a nurse who is busy admitting a line of new patients. … ‘The new development here is that the economic crisis has left many people in hunger, and cholera hits malnourished children easily,’ she says, adding that pregnant women are also vulnerable to the disease…” (Mamoon, 10/23).

U.N. News: Half the population of Yemen at risk of famine: U.N. emergency relief chief
“Around 14 million people in Yemen, or half the total population of the country, are facing ‘pre-famine conditions,’ said the U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs [Mark Lowcock], in a briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday…” (10/23).

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