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Humanitarian disaster in Yemen

Joanne Parkinson

29th July 2017

Conflict in Yemen is having a significant impact upon millions of innocent people. The conflict in Yemen has been raging for two years between Government forces (backed by Saudi Arabian forces) and the Houthi movement.

70% of the population are currently in need of aid because of troops stopping resources getting in to the country to the neediest.  Large numbers of people have no access to food and there are concerns of a famine.  Approximately 500,000 children are malnourished, with the majority of these expected to die.  The impact this will have on the country in the long term is catastrophic; with the demographics of the country changing and the economic development slowing due to a lack of available workers in the future.

As well as food insecurity which is damaging enough to the population, there are concerns over recent outbreaks of cholera.  This has occurred because of contaminated food or water being ingested by people, who have no choice in the current situation.  In extreme cases, people can die within hours of contracting the disease.  People are already vulnerable to infections due to malnourishment and this means that cholera is taking hold very quickly.

For more information, check out the following report https://www.theguardian.com/gl...   

Joanne Parkinson

An experienced, outstanding Geography teacher, GCSE examiner and Head of Humanities in a 11-18 school. I'm passionate about all geographical events and am a keen blogger.

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