Yemen’s 20-month civil unrest kills 7,000; hurts 35,000

By Brian Ang Nov 08, 2016 11:34 AM EST
Yemen Endures Humanitarian Devastation
Credit: MOHAMMED HUWAIS / Stringer
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Yemeni medics and rescue workers carry a body on a stretcher amid the destruction of a funeral hall at the site of reported airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition air-planes in the capital Sanaa on October 8, 2016. Rebels in control of Yemen's capital accused the Saudi-led coalition fighting them of killing or wounding dozens of people in air strikes on Sanaa. The insurgent-controlled news site said that coalition planes hit a building in the capital where people had gathered to mourn the death of an official, resulting in 'dozens of dead or wounded'. / AFP / MOHAMMED HUWAIS (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)

While the humanitarian focus has been mostly on the conflict-stricken countries of Syria, Iraq and Libya, another Middle Eastern nation is on the brink of madness and discord. Saudi Arabia's next door neighbor is silently enduring a chaos that has never been felt in decades.

The government of Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi has never been stable to begin with. Without the backing of the Kingdom, the Sunni-leaning Yemeni administration will be long gone.

Many people across the globe may not know it but Yemen has plunged to a devastating state that kept UN envoys seriously concerned.

According to the WHO, casualties of the internal conflict include around 7,000 dead individuals with 37,000 more wounded. In addition, the situation is getting worse by the day.

A humanitarian tragedy is widespread as indicated by the closure of half of the country's hospitals. With a breakdown in medical control, the population has been ravaged by various diseases.

The WHO reports that only 45 percent of the 3,507 health structures are functional and available. Moreover, 40 percent of Yemen have no doctors. It is estimated that 21 million people are in dire need of humanitarian and medical services.

Since the Houthi rebels engaged the Hadi Administration into countless battles that started back in 2015, the infrastructures in particular and the economy in general have collapsed almost totally.

What makes the lives of every Yemeni chaotic and miserable is the fact that the US-led Coalition forces have failed to instill a sense of control inside the devastated nation.

A report from the Yemen Data Project has divulged that one-third of the Western airstrikes have destroyed civilian structures like schools and hospitals.

The capital's international airport has not been utilized properly. In fact, humanitarian aid has been denied entry into the country. The Coalition has been too concerned about the rebels using the airfield for its operational pursuits.

In the absence of medical services, international groups have cautioned that the proliferation of diseases can lead to deeper problems.

UN Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed shares that about 2,241 suspected cholera cases have already surfaced.

Based on the current situation, the UNICEF observes that around 7.4 million children need immediate medical assistance. Another 370,000 more are under threat by acute malnutrition.




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