A catastrophe still ongoing
Since 2015 an increasingly brutal conflict has created the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. It has left 24 million people in need of humanitarian assistance – a figure that includes 12 million children, 2.3 million of which are under-fives suffering from acute malnutrition.
The combination of environmental disaster, ongoing conflict, and economic collapse in Yemen, has seen thousands die, four million displaced, half of all medical facilities damaged or unable to function, and many healthcare workers unpaid. Often the medical facilities that are still operating lack basic equipment, such as masks, gloves, and other essentials. And oxygen supplies are virtually non-existent.
Years of war and ensuing poverty have left an increasingly impoverished population forced to sell the little they have, to buy the little there is, as the supply of food into the country has been massively disrupted, forcing prices to increase drastically. Millions are now only a short step away from famine.