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War-shattered Yemen in grip of cholera epidemic

WAR-RAVAGED Yemen is suffering a cholera epidemic, with an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 new cases reported every day, the UN children’s agency warned at the weekend.

Unicef Middle East director Geert Cappelaere said 70,000 suspected cases had been found in the past month in 19 of Yemen’s 22 governorates.

He voiced fears that cholera cases could double every two weeks unless more aid arrives.

Mr Cappelaere added that the outbreak might “spread beyond Yemen” and threaten its neighbours.

“It is sad today, but we hope the cholera outbreak will be the turning point in turning people’s attention to Yemen.

Cholera is not going to be stopped by any border,” he warned.

Three years of war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced three million more and devastated the country’s health sector and economy.

Mr Cappelaere said that the outbreak is the latest horror faced by Yemeni children, on top of starvation, militias’ recruitment of youngsters and child marriages.

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