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Families facing cholera and starvation in Yemen

Families facing cholera and starvation in Yemen

The attack on the port of Hodeidah is multiplying the horror and death in Yemen.

The bombardment will have catastrophic impact on the civilian population. It is the main point of entry for aid into the country, and it is feared that more than a quarter of a million people may lose everything – even their lives.

“We have had more than 30 airstrikes within 30 minutes this morning around the city,” said Jolien Veldwijk, CARE’s acting Country Director in Yemen. “Some civilians are entrapped, others forced from their homes. We thought it could not get any worse, but unfortunately we were wrong.”

As fighting and airstrikes continue into a fourth year, more than 22 million people – 80 per cent of the population – are in desperate need of assistance. Most of them are women and children.

CARE is in Yemen providing life-saving food, water and medical supplies to those in need, thousands of whom have suffered from disease outbreaks.

More than one million Yemenis are already believed to have been infected with cholera, and more than 2,200 have died as a result.

The World Health Organisation has called it “the worst cholera outbreak in the world.”

Families are at a greater risk of death as they face the combined threats of conflict, famine and cholera.

How CARE is helping

CARE is one of the few international aid agencies already on the ground, braving the conflict to deliver aid. We have already reached more than 2 million people with lifesaving water and food.

Working with local partner organisations, we are repairing water systems, constructing toilets, distributing hygiene kits and relief supplies.

To limit the spread of cholera, CARE is providing safe water to public facilities like hospitals and schools and supporting solid waste disposal through clean up campaigns in public spaces.

We are doing everything possible to ensure children and families have something to eat by distributing food and cash, often in hard-to-reach areas.

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