Yemen’s civil war is about to be eclipsed in a tragic manner. The fighting pits Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who took over the capital Sana’a and the north in 2015 against the Saudi- and UAE-backed, U.N.-recognized government of President Hadi. Another conflict pits the Hadi government against the Southern Transitional Council. Both are ongoing. Despite calls for ceasefires, the country remains sharply divided and now faces a potentially deadlier foe than the war—the COVID 19 pandemic.
The U.N.’s head of humanitarian operations in Yemen, Lisa Grande, says that Yemen faces a worst-case scenario. The death toll from the pandemic could “exceed the combined toll of war, disease, and hunger over the last five years (in Yemen).” That could be over 230,000 deaths according to a U.N.-commissioned report from the University of Denver.
Right now Yemen is facing the biggest humanitarian crisis in last 100 years with over 24 million people in need of aid. They are currently fighting off an
CHOLERA OUTBREAK – cholera epidemic in Yemen is going on since 2016, and gets worse everyday due to lack of public health sectors and aid ,as well as saudi lef air strikes on water systems and food infrastructure.
FAMINE – The famine in yemen is said to become the worst one in 100 years and continues to get worse every day due to the poor funding and saudi intervention.
CORONAVIRUS (pandemic) -there aren’t many testing kits and hospitals aren’t equipped with treating it. Basic necessities like masks and gloves are also not available . Thus making the situation even worse. Its said that covid-19 can remove Yemen from the maps all over the world. As its impact is devastating on a country which has been wracked by civil war at same same time . Saudi Arabia with support of US,UK ,France has been bombing Yemen in order to get rid oh the “Houthi rebels, targeting public infrastructure,water systems , schools etc.
According to reports every 10 minutes a child dies in Yemen because the healthcare system has essentially been collapsed .
The U.N. termed Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis before the pandemic. Some 80 percent of the population—24.1 million people—required humanitarian assistance, with half on the brink of starvation.They are among the most vulnerable to the pandemic. In the meantime, the U.N.’s lack of funds means half-rations for 8.5 million hungry Yemenis. Around 2 million children under 5 years old are suffering from acute malnutrition.
Today, more than 20 million Yemenis need humanitarian assistance, a number greater than the entire population of the state of New York.
The numbers are staggering: 20 million Yemenis are food insecure, 19 million do not have access to clean water and sanitation, and the worst cholera outbreak in modern history has claimed more than 2,500 lives. According to the United Nations, 10 million people in Yemen are one step away from famine.1
HOW TO HELP ?
- Donate to Yemen relief organizations .There are numerous charitable appeals to aid the people of Yemen. Here are a few calls for donations from organisations that work on the ground in Yemen, or through local organisations.
- Sign online petitions