September 29, 2020
The Middle Eastern country of Yemen is currently undergoing the largest humanitarian crisis in the world and millions of people are desperately in need of assistance. The living conditions in Yemen are terrible and even people’s basic needs are not being met. Yemen is currently facing an epidemic (cholera), a pandemic (COVID-19), a famine, and a war.
The Cholera outbreak in Yemen began in 2016 and is still ongoing. Cholera is an infectious disease that results from drinking water or eating food that has been contaminated with bacteria. One of the most common symptoms of cholera is watery diarrhea which can lead to dehydration and death if left untreated. Since the beginning of the outbreak, 1.3 million cases have been reported and over 3000 people have died as a result. The epidemic is in need of immediate global attention.
With coronavirus rapidly spreading throughout Yemen, they do not have the supplies to face the pandemic. The country lacks functional health facilities, and the ones that remain lack sanitation equipment and a clean water supply. Those who work at said facilities do so with little to no incentives. Over 10 million children are unable to access basic healthcare. Yemen simply does not have the materials to prevent or treat the disease and it is making a terrible situation much worse.
In Yemen, 1.8 million children are affected by malnutrition every single year. Over 30,000 children die as a result. Food with actual nutritional value is not an option for many suffering families. Even water, the most basic human necessity, has become too expensive for most families. Over 70% of the population of Yemen is in need of aid because of their food insecurity.
Yemen is currently going through a war between the Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi-led Yemeni government and the Houthi armed movement. Due to violence (bombing, fighting, etc), nearly four million people have been forced to flee their home and over 12,000 civilians have been killed. Schools have been disrupted due to this conflict, making thousands of children unable to access their educations. The violence caused by this war has pushed many families into poverty and has heavily contributed to the famine in the country. The war has been ongoing since 2015 and has shown no sign of ending.
Yemen is in desperate need of your help right now. We should not be silent about the current living conditions in Yemen, and it is our duty to give Yemen the attention it desperately needs.
Below are several links to information on the crisis: