Saturday, February 11, 2017

The war Britain wants to hide

The United Nations and humanitarian organizations on February 8 launched an appeal for $2.1 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to 18.8 million Yemenis. This is more than two thirds of the total population of 27.4 million of the war-devastated Yemen. At least 12 million people in Yemen need life-saving assistance in 2017, the UN sources said.

“Two years of war have devastated Yemen… Without international support, they may face the threat of famine in the course of 2017...” said UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien.

The Yemen conflict pits Houthis and allied forces against a Saudi-led coalition which is trying to re-install the government of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The coalition began brutal air strikes in March 2015 to restore Hadi’s government that fled the country after Houthis seized the capital Sanaa in 2014.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which also estimates that 10.3 million people are acutely affected and nearly 3.3 million people – including 2.1 million children – are acutely malnourished.

The civilian death toll in the nearly two-year conflict has reached 10,000, with 40,000 others wounded. In addition, many more are indirect victims of the conflict, including those who suffer from chronic diseases, including high blood pressure and diabetes, and are unable to get treatment

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