A cholera epidemic kills at least one hour every hour in a war the world has been ignoring for two years in the “poorest Arab countries,” the Sunday Times said.
The disease and hunger threaten millions, while hospitals, homes and water supplies are devastated by the bombing of Saudi aggression warplanes, the paper said in a report from Yemen.
The reporter carried his observations in a children’s wing of the Friendship Hospital in Aden, south of the country, which is full of patients and has a silence that is not broken only by the sound of ceiling fans.
The hospital receives about 100 new cases of cholera every day, in “the biggest man-made pandemic caused by the Saudi-led coalition aggression and blockade that the world rarely looks at and may even ignore.”
Yemen, which it described as “the poorest country in the Arab world”, has been under attack for the past two years from Saudi Arabia, its “rich” neighbor.
Hospitals have become victims of the Saudi airstrikes campaign, with only half of them fully operational. Although cholera is an easily treatable disease, it kills one person every hour in Yemen. Since the outbreak of the epidemic in April, some 2,000 people have died.
Hunger is another common threat since the outbreak of the war, with acute malnutrition rising by 200%, which means that more than 2 million Yemeni children under five may face slow death, according to the United Nations.
The United Nations describes the situation in Yemen as the “greatest humanitarian crisis in the world,” saying that seven million people are on the verge of famine now.
“One may wonder how the media does not broadcast urgent reports about what is happening in that country,” the Sunday Times says. “It is Saudi Arabia that makes it very difficult for journalists to enter Yemen.
Saudi officials, according to the British newspaper at the end of its report, prevented a relief plane from traveling hours before taking off because it was carrying journalists, despite obtaining visas.