In such trying times during the pandemic, we all are struggling with job losses, insufficient support from the government, lockdown anxiety, failing businesses, and so on. But, what is more, devastating is the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The Yemen Humanitarian Crisis is not a joke, it has been going on for a lot of years now and has affected the lives of MILLIONS.
Well, let me re-iterate it: THE WORST HUMANITARIAN CRISIS!
We are all scared and we are all suffering, but when we look at Yemen, I am sorry to say this guys – we’re less thankful to almighty for giving us proper food and shelter. Whatever things are being made possible for us, we’re just not interested in them. Rather, we’re interested in complaining. That’s good, opposition and criticism are required. But to what extent my friends?
Several years have passed and each year the pictures from Yemen Humanitarian Crisis keeps on throwing goosebumps to all of us. I hope you all are aware of the situation there?
Still, let me throw some light on the same, so that those of you who are unaware of the situation can get a fair bit of knowledge about it.
Yemen is a Country at War (still)
The people in Yemen have been dealing with a political-military crisis since 2011. Since the formation of Yemen in 1990, south Yemen and North Yemen have disagreed with each other and the fight between the government and anti-government fighters continued. In 2011, the situation reached a peak. The then-president, Ali Abdallah Saleh resigned and his deputy took over (Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi).
In late 2014, a civil war began when Iran-backed rebels took over the country’s capital (Sanaa). And in March 2015, Saudi Arabia and its supporting countries in a bid to push out the rebels, started to bomb Yemen. The economy has tattered. Millions of people have zero or minimal access to proper healthcare and clean water. Essential supplies have been restricted by a partial land, sea, and air blockade.
Famine and Starvation
Three years ago, the UN declared Yemen as the neediest place on Earth. Around 80% of the population in the country depends on aid to survive. Also, millions are on the brink of starvation. Approximately 2 million children are acutely malnourished and Yemen has been trying sincerely to cope with dengue, malaria, and cholera. Almost 110,000 people have contracted cholera in Yemen so far.
Now, the coronavirus cases have started to emerge and the count of the cases is still not reliable.
Weak immune systems in the country imply that people who are already suffering from chronic diseases are more vulnerable to the coronavirus. They might find it harder to survive. Four out of every five people need lifesaving aid in the country.
Health System in the Country has Collapsed
We are talking about fighting the coronavirus with our infrastructure and healthcare experts. But, if we look at the situation in Yemen, the healthcare system has collapsed due to the war. The country has become incapable of coping with COVID-19. Most of the medical facilities (out of the total 3,500) have been damaged/destroyed in airstrikes. All the fully-functional clinics are reported to be crowded and there is a lack of basic medicine and equipment.
The count of ventilators is only in hundreds, while PPE kits are also lacking. As per reports, dozens of medics have died due to the coronavirus in the country.
As the first case of COVID-19 appeared in Yemen in early April, it has since become difficult to determine the spread of the virus. The prevention of its spread has become equally difficult as people are already suffering from a number of diseases. As per the government data, only over 950 confirmed cases have been reported. There is certainly a lack of transparency in data by the rebels and the government as the country has extremely low testing rates.
These four points give a brief idea about the situation in Yemen. This is certainly the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. As experts say, the worst in hundred years.
This has led to the prevention of shipments of food and fuel from entering the country. The result of this has made hospitals out of fuel to operate generators during power cuts. Similarly, ambulances have run out of gasoline. Critical medical supplies and antibiotics have been exhausted. Also, prior to the pandemic, at least 2 million children were reported to be out of school in Yemen.
Many leading organizations such as the UN, UNICEF, MSF, and IRC are currently helping the country during the scariest of times. They are constantly providing water, sanitation, and nutrition services to more than quarter-million people. Essential drugs and clinical supplies are being delivered. Health staff, with the help of such organizations, are now getting trained on cholera treatment. Organizations are constantly trying to provide access to education for all out-of-school children.
Islamic Relief USA is giving access to millions of people with water resources, fixing solar panels, and distributing medical resources to healthcare services. But that is not enough.
Aid funding has also stopped the right help at the right moment now for Yemen. Due to the pandemic, many countries are fighting battles for saving economic crisis. The UN fell short of the $2.41 billion targets because of this reason and received only $1.41 billion.
Yemenis are currently dependent on cash transfers from relatives/friends, but this has also failed. Thanks to the coronavirus.
How can we help?
Donate to Doctors Without Borders, UN World Food Programme, Mona, UNICEF, Save the Children, International Rescue Committee, Médecins Sans Frontieres, Baitulmaal, and Islamic Relief USA.
Moreover, spread the word about the current situation in Yemen. Let us all come together as we did for the fight against racial injustice and many others. Yemen needs our help.
Before I sign off, I request you all, please stop complaining about life and circumstances. Be happy with what you currently have, and you will always find a way towards happiness. Cheers! Spread the word and DONATE!
I on behalf of the entire team of ThePopStories to stand with Yemen in their Humanitarian Crisis.