Dozens dead in ‘drastic’ uptick of cholera in Yemen

DW – May 9, 2017

At least 34 people have died of cholera in just two weeks as aid groups struggle to reach patients. A sanitation workers’ strike has compounded the crisis.

Some 2,000 Yemenis have been stricken with the disease, Doctors without Borders (MSF) said on Tuesday, warning that the situation could soon escalate out of control.

“Humanitarian assistance… needs to be urgently scaled up to limit the spread of the outbreak and anticipate potential other ones,” said Shinjiro Murata, head of the MSF mission to Yemen.

The conflict between President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, Houthi rebels, and Islamist groups like al-Qaeda has been raging since 2015. Since turning into a proxy war between regional powers like Saudi Arabia, which backs Hadi, and Iran, which has clandestinely backed the Houthis, it has become more and more difficult for aid organizations to help the desperate civilians – 10,000 of whom have been killed in the war.