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Warring Sides In Yemen Pledge To Allow Aid Delivery; UNICEF Executive Director Calls For End Of Conflict

Associated Press: AP Interview: Yemen factions said to have pledged easing aid
“Warring sides in Yemen’s civil war promised visiting U.N. agency chiefs to clear obstacles to aid delivery in a nation where cholera is spreading rapidly and hundreds of thousands of children are severely malnourished, the head of the U.N. child welfare agency said Thursday. … The way to end the entirely man-made disaster is clear, said Anthony Lake, the executive director of UNICEF. ‘Stop the war,’ he said, addressing those involved in the civil war, both inside and outside Yemen…” (Laub, 7/28).

BBC News: Yemen conflict: A nation’s agony as cholera and hunger spread
“…Yemen’s health, water, and sanitation systems are collapsing after two years of war between government forces — backed by a Saudi-led coalition carrying out air strikes — and the rebel Houthi movement…” (7/27).

The Guardian: ‘A children’s crisis’: now 80% of all kids in Yemen are in need
“…The impact of war and hunger on the country’s 12.5 million young people has been compounded by what the directors of the World Health Organization, the U.N. Children’s Fund, and the World Food Programme described in a joint statement as ‘the world’s worst cholera outbreak in the midst of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis’…” (Lyons, 7/27).

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