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Updated On: Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Fore Yemen

Content by: South-South News

5 July 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — After a four-day visit in Yemen’s cities Aden and Saana, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund Henrietta Fore told journalists in Geneva today that “without peace, we cannot help these children, we cannot help the people in need, and there will be no return of livelihoods.”

Almost 10,000 people have died since a Saudi-led military coalition began fighting in Yemen in 2015 to restore the internationally recognized government to power after Huthi rebels took over Sanaa the year before.

At least 2,200 children have been killed and 3,400 injured, said UNICEF, assuming that the actual numbers may be even higher.

UNICEF’s director said that “we have been very worried about the collapse of two systems: One is the healthcare system, and the other is the education system. But when you go to Yemen, what you meet are officials who say “no, no, no, it actually has collapsed.”

Hospitals have been damaged, schools have turned into shelters or have been taken over by armed groups. Doctors, nurses and midwives have not been paid up to 2 years, but they still come to work being aware of cholera. Another group who did not get paid are the teachers, half of the schools are closed, young people are out on the street. Some 1,500 schools have been damaged in airstrikes and shelling in the past three years.

According to the UNICEF Director Fore, “22 million people in need - that is an extraordinary number - 11 million of those are children. 80% of the population is under the poverty level, we have 8,4 million that are on the brink of famine, and a child dies every ten minutes. So, you say to yourself, this is more than the population of Switzerland.”

Storyline by: Unifeed


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