The Yemen crises

Of course all of you heard of the “Yemen Crisis” but most of you don’t actually know what is happening there and what these people are suffering from. The situation there is HORRIBLE. Okay, what’s the reason behind all the “fuss” about the Yemen crisis? It’s not called a crisis out of anywhere, it really is a crisis that needs to be issued ASAP. why? What’s happening there? Yemen is the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, with more than 24 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, including more than 12 million children. Since the conflict escalated in March 2015, the country has become a living hell for the country’s children. With COVID-19 now spreading rapidly, Yemen is facing an emergency within an emergency. Sanitation and clean water are in short supply. ​

So, what initially led to the famishing of nearly 13 million people? The answer is civil war. The fighting can be traced back to the handover of power from long-time autocratic president Ali Abdullah Saleh to his deputy and current president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in November 2011. Saleh was forced to stand down in a bid to return stability to the country following the Arab Spring, a series of uprisings across the MENA region.  Since there were lots of problems in Yemen during that period including attacks by Jihadists, Hadi struggled to deal with them. Meanwhile, a movement known as The Houthi movement aroused, taking control of the country’s northern heartland of Saada province and neighbouring areas. With all of this going on, the country is also affected by COVID-19, as of Tuesday,  4 August, Yemen has recorded 1,738 cases and 500 deaths. Aside from the threat of COVID-19, Yemen is also suffering an outbreak of the mosquito-transmitted Chikungunya Virus. There are also more than 100,000 known cholera cases across the nation.
What can I do to help? 
The United Nations (UN) has put out an appeal for donations amidst growing fears regarding the situation in Yemen. It comes as COVID-19 spreads rapidly throughout the country’s population, which has already been devastated by years of war. A number of charities are running campaigns to raise money for the people affected by the war. The civil war is considered one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world right now, with millions affected.

Stay safe, people. ​Written by: Mariam Ibrahim

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