Yemen: ICRC Warns of New Outbreaks as Cholera Cases Near 1 Million

HeadlineOct 03, 2017
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In Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross warns a massive cholera epidemic shows no signs of stopping—and that the country’s tattered health and sanitation systems could pave the way for the spread of other diseases. This is Alexandre Faite, head of the ICRC delegation in Yemen.

Alexandre Faite: “The situation, from a humanitarian standpoint, is a catastrophe. We have something which is close to a million cases of suspected cholera maybe by the end of the year. But this, as I told you, is only possibly an external illustration of something more serious. We could have an outbreak of something else.”

The ongoing U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing campaign has destroyed Yemen’s health, water and sanitation systems, with the U.N. warning less than half of Yemen’s health facilities are operational.

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