Saudi Arabia-led coalition is causing cholera spread progressively and massacre thousands of children.
Cholera has infected more than 400,000 Yemenis in over five months, making the epidemy the largest in its history. Oxfam reported that the first case of cholera was recorded in March and since then it has surpassed the previous record, 340,311, set by Haiti in 2011. The organization says that the disease has the potential to infect over 600,000 people.
After two years of constant airstrikes and military advancements, Saudi-led coalition aggression changed their tactics to blockades. Saudi forces have fully blockaded Yemen, especially the capital, Sana’a. All the main roads of the country are blocked. As a result, no humanitarian aids have access to the country.
To help further spread the disease, Saudi aggression forces have prevented food and medical supplies to reach people. Due to that, over 2,000 people have died of cholera since April. Around 5,000 more cases are suspected every day. Modern medicine is able to fully treat cholera if the required supplies are at hand; so it is possible to treat and cure all the infected people of Yemen and it was possible to prevent all the deaths caused by this disease.
WHO, World Health Organization, stated that half of the infected and a quarter of the dead are children under the age of 15.
Multiple human rights organizations reported that the Saudi-led coalition aggression targeted several hospitals, healthcare centers, residential areas and malls with airstrikes. Saudi Arabia and United States, which carry out the airstrikes, claimed that they are targeting Ansarullah movement and the civilian casualties are mistakenly bombed.
Healthcare centers are teaching hygiene to people to minimize the spread of cholera, but it has no real effect when people have don’t have access to medical supplies, clean water or food.
In a country of 26 million people, more than 20 million are in need of financial help. Government employees have not been paid for months and most private companies have closed. There are no jobs, because there is no money to pay the employees. Many people don’t have enough money to buy clean water.
Chlorinating drinking and washing water is helpful in preventing the spreading of cholera but the chlorine supplies are running out and the blockades don’t let anything through. More and more people settle for the contaminated water, because they cannot afford clean water.
Hospitals and health centers are fully occupied. As a result, people lie down in corridors and parking lots of hospitals. An alarming number of people, mostly children, are at therapeutic feeding centers, as famine has caused malnutrition in children.
While Saudi Arabia and its allies are committing genocide in Yemen, no one is concerned about the unfathomable sufferings of the Yemenis. Saudi Arabia has deliberately launched a biological weapon, cholera, in Yemen, which is killing mainly children by the thousands.
Saudi Arabia has proved it will not stop this horrifying genocide, and will not let the innocent people of Yemen heal. More conscious people need to get involved and talk about the insufferable condition the people of Yemen are enduring.
With more pressure, people must force the world to acknowledge the war crimes of Saudi Arabia, United States, and their allies. The world needs to stop them before Yemen is gone beyond hope.