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Yemen under Crisis: Attention Required!

Yes, you read the topic right, it is the world's biggest humanitarian crisis in Yemen which is far from anyone's imagination. The irony is that at one place in the world more than 80% of the country's population is on the verge of death and world media thinks it is not important and thus not covering it.


Situation

Yemen is one of the poorest countries of the world with a population of around 30 million people, from them around 25 million people are affected by cholera which hit the country in 2015 which is affecting more than 12 million children. Research of UNICEF revealed that every 6 children among 10 in Yemen are dying due to disease and malnutrition. The country has become a living hell for children. These outcomes are almost certainly a result of the conflict. More than five years of war have devastated Yemen’s health infrastructure, subjected Yemenis to repeated disease outbreaks and malnutrition, and substantially increased vulnerabilities. Civilians continue to bear the brunt of the conflict, with close to 100,000 Yemenis having been forced to flee their home since the beginning of the year. The conflict has its roots in the failure of a political transition supposed to bring stability to Yemen following an Arab Spring uprising that forced its longtime authoritarian president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to hand over power to his deputy, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, in 2011. Since then there is the military rule of Saudi Officials as President of the country is from Saudi Arabia.


This crisis got its highest peak due to pandemic coronavirus which affected the country hard. Yemen has the poorest health infrastructure and has a low economy which is adding to hardships in the lives of citizens. Many health workers are not receiving their basic salaries or incentives. The damage and closure of schools and hospitals have disrupted access to education and health services, leaving children even more vulnerable and robbing them of their futures. Before COVID-19, 2 million children were out of school. Now, because of the pandemic, schools have been closed around the country, leaving an additional 5 million children out of school.


UNICEF's Actions

UNICEF is working at ground level in Yemen to improve the conditions of people. As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF had by early June shipped more than 33,000 N95 respirators, 33,000 face shields, and 18,000 gowns – crucial personal protective equipment needed by front line workers. COVID-19 rapid response teams, supported by UNICEF, have deployed to every district and are working to establish isolation units at 59 hospitals across the country. UNICEF has procured nearly a quarter of a million personal protective items and have additional supplies in the pipeline and are going to be supporting 9,500 front lines, COVID-19 health WORKERS.


UNICEF chief argued people and said,

"We have the skills, staff and capacity to do this. What we don’t have is money. We are running out of time. We ask donors to pledge generously and pay pledges promptly"


Steps of UNICEF will pay its way when there will be political stability in a country which is required foremost in present time.


UN is working in Yemen on 17 principles of sustainable development like No poverty, good health, zero hunger, quality education, reduced inequalities and, many more.


Social media creates a huge difference in everyone's lives nowadays, but it is induced by acts of few and thus everyone can support one black death in the US with #blacklivesmatter, but no attention is given to the lives of millions of people who are on the verge of getting extinct. A reporter in her statement recently mentioned that Yemen is going to be out of the world map. It is high time to help save humanity in Yemen.


REFERENCES:

see, https://www.unicef.org/emergencies/yemen-crisis

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Swati Tolambia is currently studying law from School of Law, Mody University of science and technology, Laxman Garh, Sikar (Raj.) . As Swati writes this, she is interning with us.

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