Yemen: over 2 mn suspected cases in cholera emergency

Lack of access to water, 1 in 4 are children under 5 - Oxfam

09 October, 17:43

    Over 2 mn suspected cases in cholera emergency in Yemen according to Oxfam Over 2 mn suspected cases in cholera emergency in Yemen according to Oxfam

    ROME - The cholera emergency in Yemen is growing, with more than two million suspected cases registered in less than three years, an average of 80 every hour, according to Oxfam.

    It said since the start of the year one case out of four has been a child under the age of five.

    The epidemic stems from four-and-a-half years of a bloody conflict and lack of access to clean water, it said.

    Oxfam said the emergency has hit 22 out of 23 governorates in the country and has worsened in recent months in some zones hit by the war, such as the port of Hudaydah, where infections have risen 60% compared to previous months.

    It said 18 million Yemenis are now exposed to infection due to the lack of clean water and sanitation, while two out of three people lack basic health care, and 14 million are on the brink of famine. From June to August, the intensification of the conflict, including in the country's south, caused 54% of the civilian victims and 79% of civilian residences hit.

    Since the beginning of the year, the death toll has reached 700 civilians killed and 1,600 wounded, added to the more than 17,000 officially registered between 2015 and 2018.

    And the conflict remains open also in the port area of Hudaydah, the country's main port, with serious repercussions on aid flows.

    In fact, 70% of food, medicine, and basic essential goods for the survival of the Yemeni people pass through the port.

    To give voice to the Yemeni people and to ask for immediate aid, on Wednesday Oxfam launched the campaign #SOS YEMEN together with a petition that anyone can sign to call on the Italian government and the international community to change course in order to save the country.

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