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Yemen, double the drama: the coronavirus at the time of the war
In the DAYS when Yemen enters its sixth year of war, pandemic coronavirus scare most of the other deadly diseases that, while funestano the Country by 2015, although it still was not diagnostic of any case of pneumonia is suspected. According to the world Health Organization, last year alone, thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands affected by the diphtheria, from dengue and cholera. Nothing according to what the experts predict for the Covid-19, which could cause a humanitarian catastrophe is irreversible, because the health system is half-destroyed, because 18 million inhabitants (out of a total population of 30) do not have access to clean water and why is it coming in the rainy season, which heralds a new spike in cases of cholera.

In the last five years in Yemen, the war has led to more than 12 thousand civil victims, including 2 thousand children. In addition, there are more than 10 million children in conditions of food insecurity, of which 2.1 million severely malnourished. According to Talal Mohammed, the doctor in the coastal town of Hoddeidah, the main problem lies in the total absence of awareness: "people don't even know how to clean their homes, and are so accustomed to infectious diseases by not to fear them. Different, however, is the attitude of coronavirus, especially in rural regions, where people are terrified due to lack of information".

Also in Hoddeidah, a good part of the hospitals was destroyed by the bombings. And because of the war, shortages of many drugs. "We're trying to coordinate with the United Nations to set up a building for the quarantine and we have launched a campaign to explain how to protect yourself from the virus", said Talal Mohammed. Meanwhile, in the two main towns in the yemeni Sana'a, the stronghold of the rebels houti, and Aden, where it is withdrawn by the government loyalist, the population has made a truckload of soap to wash hands and of the few templates available. In the regions under their control, the rebels have closed schools and suspended all flights for the Un, which are those loads of humanitarian aid.

Nasri Abdulaziz, a pharmacist in Sana'a, is concerned that in reality, the coronavirus has already landed in the Country, but that none has yet been identified. "There is only one centre of misdirection in the capital, and it is exclusively reserved to foreigners who present with high fever. Here the test of the Covid-19 is very expensive and hardly available, so I'm sure that as soon as you register the first cases of the Yemen will be compared to a new, frightening emergency". Yesterday, the Secretary-general of the Un, antónio Guterres , has launched a plan for a global humanitarian response, asking for donations for two billion dollars. The specific needs of the different Countries are still in process, but it also speaks of the priority countries, including Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Central africa, South Sudan, Venezuela, Ukraine, Iran, North Korea, and, of course, Yemen is in a state of great vulnerability. And it is for the block to imports imposed by the Coalition of saudi, after 5 years, support the government against the houthi supported by Iran, depriving the Country of the goods of the first necessity. With the result that today, 7 million people are affected by acute malnutrition and a further 10 are on the brink of starvation. It is estimated that today, in need of aid, 80% of yemenis. Not to speak of cholera, which is endemic, and that in 2017 decimated thousands of people.


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