18 Million Yemenis Have No Access to Drinking Water: Report
Last month, a local non-government organization said even the water supply in Yemen had been “weaponized”, referring to the country’s unclean water, which breeds cholera, according to Al Jazeera.
There are 18 million Yemenis with no access to drinking water.
In the past years, the shortage of drinking water triggered a cholera outbreak that impacted 1.2 million people, making the epidemic the largest in history.
According to the Yemen Data Project, a Saudi-led coalition waging war on the Arab country has carried out 20,000 air attacks, one-third of which were on non-military sites, including hospitals and schools.
The damages, combined with an air, naval and maritime blockade imposed on the northern areas, have paralyzed people’s access to basic goods.
At malnutrition prevention centers across the country, dozens of people queue every day for hours for a medical examination and a pack of soy.
“Today, my daughter is constantly vomiting. I brought her here hoping someone would see her. I don’t know if it is cholera or an infection,” a Yemeni citizen said.
“We are very poor. Before the war, I worked in Saudi Arabia. Today, I have no job, house nor the possibility of moving. Our situation is disastrous, we have only God’s help,” said the father of 11 children.
Ahmed said they do not have nutritious food to give the children. “They eat just flour every day. Sometimes they don’t get vegetables or fruit or milk for weeks.”
The thing that makes him suffer the most, he said, is feeling like a beggar. “The war took away my dignity.”
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.