The chief of the International Red Cross, Peter Maurer, was one of the few officials who took a dirt road to assess the situation in Yemen. He traveled to the besieged region of Taiz where fights have been worsening the situation of the locals for two years. The Red Cross chief realized the difficulties this corner of the world has to live with.
Red Cross Chief Expects Cholera to Affect One in 45 Locals by the End of 2017
On Sunday, the International Committee of the Red Cross issued a warning regarding the cholera outbreak in Yemen. Officials expect the situation to escalate to over 600,000 victims of this disease by the end of 2017. This means that one in every 45 Yemen citizens would fall victim to cholera.
Red Cross chief Peter Maurer visited the region for five days to tackle humanitarian issues with all parties involved in the internal conflict. He expressed utmost indignation that the world can still slip in the hands of an unnecessary and preventable disease.
On top of that, the outbreak is the direct result of the conflict that undermined humanitarian efforts to provide any basic standards of living to locals. This means that both infrastructure and health system in the area is no longer functional.
ICRC and WHO Confirmed the Second Cholera Outbreak in Yemen This Year Only
The fights revolve around pro-governmental parties and their attempt to regain the areas from the hands of Houthi rebels that receive support from Iran. Other military entities such as Yemen’s local Al Qaeda organization are taking advantage of this chaos to gain something from it for themselves.
In the meantime, ICRC noticed that the sewage systems are no longer working. As a result, the hygiene is no longer easily achievable which triggered a quick spread of cholera. So far, there were at least 370,000 people who got the bacterium while other 1,800 succumbed to death since April. ICRC and the World Health Organization confirm that this is the second such outbreak in a year.
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