Yemeni mothers and babies facing ‘unimaginable horror,’ Red Cross tells RT
The agency stated that one mother and six babies are killed every hour due to ongoing conflict or deprivation.
Basheer Omar, a Red Cross official, told RT that Yemen’s humanitarian situation is one of the most critical in modern times. “unimaginable horror,”Two thirds of the Yemeni population is without access to basic healthcare. Omar appealed to the international community to support the Yemeni people “alone facing their fate.”
With the armed conflict in Yemen in its eighth year, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) released a report this week stating that around 66% of Yemen’s 30.5 million people lack access to basic healthcare, and those in need of medical attention often risk death to visit the 51% of healthcare facilities still operating in the country.
Infants and women are most directly affected by the crisis. The report stated that less than half of Yemen’s births are attended to by health professionals and that one mother and six babies per hour die in Yemen. 70% of Yemen’s estimated 4.2 million displaced people since 2014’s civil war, are female and child.
“It’s just unimaginable horror,” Omar told RT. “We are doing our best to draw the attention of the international community to the plight of the Yemeni people. We’re saying that the world should not turn a blind eye to what is happening.”
“The Yemeni people should not be left alone facing their fate,” Omar, who authored the ICRC’s report, continued.
Yemen’s civil war pits government forces against Houthi rebels. Saudi Arabia-led military forces support the government. Iran supports the Houthis but denies arming them. The Saudi coalition has been supported by the US, UK, and France with intelligence, weapons and training.
UN has described the conflict as: “world’s worst humanitarian crisis,”It has led to the death of more than 377,000 people. These figures are from UN data at 2021.
The Yemeni conflict currently is in fragile ceasefire, declared April and extended in August.