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Red Cross warns of serious humanitarian crisis in Yemen

Cruz Roja, Yemen, crisis, humanitaria

Red Cross warns of serious humanitarian crisis in Yemen

Aden, Yemen, March 12 (Prensa Latina) More than 20 million Yemenis, out of a 30.5M population, lack access to basic health care, and 16.2 million are threatened by lack of food, the Red Cross warned Saturday.

Barely 51% of health centers in Yemen are in service following nearly eight years of war, making medical care a luxury, the Committee of the International Red Cross (ICRC) regretted.

ICRC´s statement said that in 2021 alone, some 157,000 people were displaced due to clashes, a figure that was added to the more than 3.3 million citizens who were forced to leave their homes.

The Ukraine crisis is likely to further wind down Yemenis’ access to their basic needs because food prices, particularly grain cost, will ramp up, he stressed.

The Red Cross reported that over a million landmines and explosive devices are planted across the country, causing deaths and injuries on a daily basis.

“The gravity of the needs is deepening by the minute,” said Katharina Ritz, head of the ICRC delegation in Yemen.

Faced with such a situation, Ms. Ritz urged the international community to increase aid for Yemen because “as the humanitarian situation worsens, the reduction of assistance will be a critical issue for millions of families.”

The World Food Program (WFP) Director David Beasley also lashed out in February the cuts in funds to ease the crisis.

We were forced to reduce monthly assistance we provided to 13 million Yemenis to eight million due to a shortage of funds, he warned.


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