Day 62 – Tackling the Crisis in Yemen

UN: Yemen remains the home of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the result of five years of a brutal conflict, disease, economic collapse, and a breakdown of public institutions and services. A staggering 80 percent of Yemen’s population – over 24 million people – require some form of humanitarian assistance and protection, including about 12.2 million children. A total of 230 out of Yemen’s 333 districts (69 percent) are at risk of famine.

McGill: COVID-19 is worsening the crisis in Yemen. “The number of deaths caused by the pandemic could “exceed the combined toll of war, disease, and hunger over the last five years.” Due to the ongoing war, the country’s healthcare system is collapsing. As a result, when the first cases of COVID-19 began to appear in early April 2020, the mortality rate soared to a whopping 27 per cent, which is more than 5 times the global median. About 18% of the districts have no doctors.

The crisis is additionally exacerbated by the cholera epidemic that has been present in Yemen since 2016. Almost four years later, over 1 million cases have been reported in the nation, making it one of the worst outbreaks in recent history.

Telegraph: Starving children in Yemen are facing their worst levels of malnutrition since the country’s civil war began. Aid groups say the global spread of the new coronavirus has deepened economic chaos in the country of around 29 million people, making hunger a bigger threat than the Covid outbreak itself. Food prices have risen by 30 percent, while at the same time remittances has fallen by four-fifths. The lives of thousands of women and children are at risk.

Relief Web: The severe food crisis could be a death sentence for Yemeni children. Children in Yemen have become collateral damage in a war that has raged for more than five years. It is horrific to think that, in half the country, almost 100,000 children under five are on the brink of starvation – malnourished to the point their lives are on the line.

Save the Children: It is estimated that the number of malnourished children under the age of five could rise to 2.4 million by the end of the year. With two million children in Yemen out of school, vulernable boys and girls are at risk of exploitation and abuse. As the largest aid organization in Yemen, our teams are helping thousands of children get the vital care they need. Donate here.