Humanitarian aid groups in Yemen have warned that a recent airstrike that destroyed water and sanitation facilities will increase the risk of another cholera outbreak.
Recent U.S.-backed Saudi coalition airstrikes destroyed the facilities in the port city of Hodeidah, which was virtually the last access point Yemenis had to the rest of the world.
The country is already experiencing the worst cholera epidemic in history with more than a million confirmed cases.
Aid groups have also expressed deep concern over the fact that more than eight million people are currently facing starvation.
“More than anything else now, the Yemeni people now desperately need peace. With peace and stability, we can start to get people back on their feet, start to rebuild their livelihoods.” — United Nations World Food Programme Director Stephen Anderson
The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched an oral cholera vaccination campaign to combat the epidemic in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Bank, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
“This vaccination campaign comes at such a critical time. Children in Yemen were the worst hit by last year’s outbreak and remain the most vulnerable due to widespread malnutrition and deteriorating sanitation and hygiene.” — Meritxell Relaño, UNICEF Representative in Yemen
Young children, pregnant women, and the elderly are the most susceptible to the infection.
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