A Rapid Decline From Crisis To Deepening Catastrophe; WHO, WFP And UNICEF Say In Joint Statement On Yemen
conflict in Yemen has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, a crisis which has engulfed the entire country

A joint statement from the World Health Program, the World Food Program, and UNICEF has urged for humanitarian access and an end to the conflict in war-torn Yemen saying that “We have passed the grim milestone of 1,000 days of the war in Yemen,”.

According to the three United Nations organization, the conflict in Yemen has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, a crisis which has engulfed the entire country.

The statement said: “More than 1,000 days of families driven from their homes by brutal violence. 1,000 days without enough food to eat and safe water to drink.”

The groups warned that Yemen has passed the tipping point into a rapid decline from crisis to deepening catastrophe. About 75 per cent of Yemen’s population is in need of humanitarian assistance, including 11.3 million children who cannot survive without it. More than 60 per cent of Yemen civilians don’t have enough to eat, and 16 million people do not have clean water and proper sanitation. Many more lack can’t get basic health services.

Saudi-led Arab coalition backing President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi has launched its intervention in Yemen since March 2015. The coalition is leaving thousands killed and injured and leading to a humanitarian crisis that the UN has called the world’s worst.

The top UN official in the country said on Thursday that the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has killed 109 civilians in air strikes in the past 10 days, including 54 at a crowded market and 14 members of one family in a farm.

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The joint statesmen also said in Yemen today, anyone sick with suspected cholera who is able to access health services “has an almost 100 per cent chance of surviving.” Added: “Yet worsening conditions on the ground threaten to overwhelm our capacity to respond.”

The groups said they have reached nearly 6 million people with clean water, distributed 3.7 million litres of fuel to public hospitals, treated more than 167,000 children for severe acute malnutrition, delivered more than 2,700 metric tons of medicines and medical supplies, and vaccinated 4.8 million children against polio, and deliver food assistance to around 7 million people a month.

“restrictions on fuel imports have caused the price of diesel fuel to double, threatening access to safe water and sanitation, and urgent medical care,” the g said: “if we cannot gain greater access and the violence does not subside, the cost in lives will be incalculable.”

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