As many as 10,000 civilians have been killed and cholera is affecting 700,000 people. This is Yemen today in October 2017.
October 2017 URGENT APPEAL: As many as 10,000 civilians have been killed and cholera is affecting 700,000 people. This is Yemen today in October 2017.
Sanctions for aid agencies in Yemen have been relaxed and the LFCT are writing to you, our generous and dedicated supporters, to help us to respond to the calls of civilians.
Saudi Arabia and its allies have been bombing the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen since the Houthis seized much of the country’s north in 2015. A cholera outbreak is now gripping the country – The UN has said the airstrikes destroying water sanitation systems is largely to blame for the outbreak.
The Guardian on speaking to Oxfam commented that, “Oxfam says that many displaced families in Yemen have been forced to choose between treatment for cholera or food. With nothing left to sell, weakened by hunger and lack of clean water, they are more vulnerable to cholera and are struggling to get treatment, the charity says. It estimates that only 45% of health facilities in Yemen are fully functional because of the war.
According to the UN, the number of people unable to access healthcare has increased by 76% since the escalation of the conflict. “Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and it is getting even worse,” said Nigel Timmins, Oxfam’s humanitarian director”.
The LFCT will be working with a local partner to deliver assistance to those that need it the most, including children and the elderly. Now we have the opportunity to act, and we must act quickly to prevent the spread of cholera and support those that need treatment to access it.
Unicef recently reported that at least one child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen from preventable diseases. It takes less than 10 minutes to donate via our website.
Please donate what you can – perhaps skip a meal out with friends and family and donate what you would have spent to provide medical aid and food support to a family.