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Yemen, Already Wracked by U.S.-Supported, Saudi-Led War, Braces for Coronavirus

HeadlineMar 19, 2020

In Yemen, where a U.S.-supported, Saudi-led war has killed over 100,000 people and shattered the healthcare infrastructure, medical workers are bracing for the rapid spread of coronavirus. Already, 80% of Yemenis rely on humanitarian assistance, with high rates of malnutrition, malaria and cholera. One textile factory manager in Sana’a switched from producing clothing to makeshift masks for the coming pandemic.

Abdel Ilah Shiban: “We are driven by need. Coronavirus is knocking on the whole world’s door. Yemen is a country under siege and under attack, and its institutions and factories are working at the lowest capacity, as you can see in this factory.”

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