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Yemen’s Food Insecurity, Cholera Outbreak, Humanitarian Crisis To Worsen If Politics Continue To Fail, U.N. Officials Tell Security Council

CBS News: U.N. warned “we should all feel deeply guilty” as Yemenis die
“The cholera epidemic raging across war-torn Yemen — already the worst outbreak of the disease in the world — grew dramatically worse over the past month, United Nations officials warned the Security Council on Wednesday. … ‘Nearly 16 million people do not have access to adequate water, sanitation and hygiene, and more than 320,000 suspected cholera cases have been reported,’ [Stephen] O’Brien, the under secretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, told the council…” (Falk, 7/13).

Los Angeles Times: Cholera outbreak pushes war-ravaged Yemen to the brink of catastrophe
“…The World Health Organization said this week issues related to security and other challenges caused it to suspend plans to deliver doses of the oral cholera vaccine to Yemen. In addition, officials said that because so much of the country has been exposed to the disease, providing clean water may be a more effective path to helping people…” (Simmons, 7/12).

Reuters: U.N. slams warring parties in Yemen for fueling cholera outbreak
“Top United Nations officials on Wednesday slammed the warring parties in Yemen and their international allies for fueling an unprecedented deadly cholera outbreak, driving millions closer to famine, and hindering humanitarian aid access. … U.N. aid chief Stephen O’Brien told the Security Council on Wednesday the toll was likely much higher as aid workers could not reach remote areas of the impoverished, war-torn country…” (Nichols, 7/12).

U.N. News Centre: Senior U.N. officials urge concrete action to end Yemen conflict, ease ‘appalling’ humanitarian situation
“… ‘The country is not suffering from a single emergency but a number of complex emergencies,’ said Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the special envoy of the secretary general for Yemen, noting that more than 20 million across the country are affected, including almost seven million at the risk of famine. … ‘As I have said before, this is a man-made crisis, and the sheer scale of humanitarian suffering of the Yemeni people is a direct result of the conflict and serious violations of international law. Humanity simply cannot continue to lose out to politics,’ [O’Brien] underlined…” (7/12).