Yemen: 21 mln out of 25 mln citizens need assistance, Lancet

Water scarce and among highest malnutrition rates in the world

19 February, 19:43

    Yemenis wait to fill jerrycans with water from a donated source in Sanaa, Yemen Yemenis wait to fill jerrycans with water from a donated source in Sanaa, Yemen

    ROME - Some 21 million out of a total population of 25 million need humanitarian assistance in Yemen and 15 million lack access to healthcare services, according to an editorial published by Lancet.

    The journal presented the figures in introducing the World Humanitarian Summit to be held in May in Turkey. Water supplies are running out, there are no natural rivers and even the aquifers have little water.

    The country suffers from one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world and half the population lives on less than 2 dollars a day. The medical journal noted that 60 million people in the world had been forced to leave their homes due to conflicts and that 218 million are made refugees by natural disasters every year. The article mentioned the situation in Syria, where among other damage caused by war there are also a million orphans, and said that the summit hopes to bring about change.

    It noted that the current response to healthcare and humanitarian crises had failed, and that the death of 5,000 migrants in 2015 seeking refuge in other countries bore witness to this.

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