Yemen is under the world’s imminent famine. The crises in Yemen are increasing day by day. According to BBC news, it was informed that there’s a stark warning tonight that “Millions of children in Yemen could be pushed to the brink of starvation unless international aid is dramatically stepped up.” It comes from the UNICEF the United Nations children’s organization.
Humanitarian crises in Yemen
The country faces the world’s worst humanitarian crises with the Covid-19 pandemic compounding the effect of five years of civil war. There are almost two million children in Yemen who are malnourished whereas 1.7 million people have been forced to take their homes away with only half of the country’s health facilities in operation.
The health condition in Yemen
Due to starvation, one child dies every 10 minutes from a preventable disease. UNICEF says malnutrition has caused permanent mental and physical damage to 45% of Yemen’s children under five.
As the malnutrition in Yemen’s people continues, it has become an easy target for the virus as its citizens’ immune system are exhausted. Their health care system is 50% destroyed by the war. Some provinces have two hospital beds for every 10,000 people.
In Yemen 25% of people with confirmed Covid-19 died, five times a global average. It’s estimated that Yemen has already 1 million cases of Covid-19; 3 times more than the UK in a population less than half the size of.
War and Pandemic made the condition worse
It would be right to think that the world has forgotten them as they do not exist. When this action is taken, straight away a tragedy of globally catastrophic proportions will be seen. In the prevailing times, the condition of Yemen is getting worse as it was already considered the poorest countries in the region. The amalgamation of war and pandemic is making the situation more drastic.
As the Covid-19’s second wave is going on in the world, citizens of Yemen have to face the crises caused by the pandemic as well. At one side war is causing damage to public food supply and on the other hand, the pandemic results in deaths of people due to weak immune systems.
Treatment and health services
There’s a critical food shortage and lack of clean water that’s causing disease like diarrhoea and people are dying of preventable diseases because of health services which used to provide diagnosis and treatment have collapsed in most parts.
“Over a mere 70 per cent of people are below the poverty line in Hadera Province. The dire financial situation is causing malnutrition among the children. People can no longer buy basic food and necessity items,” said Dr Khalid Suhail of ALTHAWRA Hospital.
Unemployed citizens in Yemen
Many men are not going on jobs due to war. They are jobless and cannot earn even little to provide food to their families. So, they are suffering. The deficiency of nutrition is affecting the vulnerable parts of Yemeni society.
As famine looms in a country on the brink of complete collapse, aid agencies are calling for help and money, they fear with multiple humanitarian crises in the middle east. Yemen is becoming a forgotten conflict.
There has to be some way to retrieve the situation of Yemen, otherwise, there’ll be huge crises in Yemen.