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The world has forgotten the Yemen war, says senior UN humanitarian official

Декабрь 7, 2016     Автор: Ольга Хмельная
The world has forgotten the Yemen war, says senior UN humanitarian official


The world is ignoring the worsening humanitarian crisis in war-torn Yemen, the senior UN humanitarian official in the country has warned.

Nearly two years of war between a Saudi-led Arab coalition and the Iran-allied Houthi movement has worsened the plight of millions of Yemenis.

Even before the start of the conflict in March 2015, Yemen was suffering a humanitarian crisis including widespread hunger, brought on by decades of poverty and internal strife. 

Around half of Yemen's 28 million people are "food insecure," according to the United Nations, and seven million of them do not know where they will get their next meal.
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"The humanity doesn't work anymore here," Jamie McGoldrick, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, told the BBC. 

Yemen descended into civil war in March 2015 when Iran-backed Shia Houthi rebels took over the capital of Sanaa. Shortly afterwards, a Saudi-led coalition of Middle Eastern states began a bombing campaign at the request of the exiled government. 

More than 10,000 people have been killed and nearly 37,000 wounded during the war.

In an interview with the BBC, Mr McGoldrick described the worsening consequences of the conflict.

"Familes are just not able to feed their families. Families are not able to treat their kids who are sick," he said. 

"You've got hospitals here who have massive numbers of kids who are born prematurely, and that's a combination of stress and the ability for mothers to feed themselves. You look at the banking centre, it no longer works."