Yemen’s civil war, entering its fifth year with no immediate hope of peace in view, is driving residents of the Middle East’s poorest country deeper into misery.
> 20 million people across the country are food insecure, half of them suffering extreme levels of malnutrition: 3.2 million required treatment for acute malnutrition, including 2 million children under five, and more than 1 million pregnant and lactatng women.
> Two thirds of the population - 17.8 million people - lack access to safe water and sanitation, which contributes to spread of cholera and water-borne diseases.
> Since 2015, the public health system in Yemen has essentially collapsed. Supplies of medications and vaccines are extremely limited and there has been a resurgence in deadly preventable diseases (cholera, measles, and diphtheria).
> “The impact of the conflict in Yemen runs deep and has not spared a single child” [Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF] . A United Nations report in early 2019 concluded: “Yemen now risks losing its youngest generation to a vicious cycle of violence, displacement, poverty and illiteracy.”
***MDR is a Non-Profit Organization working for Humanitarian Relief and Development in Yemen, locally administered and staffed.
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