This week, ICRC President Peter Maurer traveled to Yemen in midst of "needless suffering" that he called "absolutely infuriating." Yemen is experiencing what's being called world's worst cholera outbreak with experts predicting that by the end of 2017 more than 600,000 people--one in every 45 Yemenis--will have cholera.
“The great tragedy is that this cholera outbreak is a preventable, man-made humanitarian catastrophe. It is a direct consequence of a conflict that has devastated civilian infrastructure and brought the whole health system to its knees,” said Maurer. “The world is sleep-walking into yet more tragedy.” Read Maurer's statement here.
In this week’s roundup, we take a look at Maurer's trip to Yemen, including the besieged city of Taiz, and the situation on the ground, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**
Maurer gives a first hand account of his week in Yemen in this online diary.
Life In Yemen's Taiz: A City Under Siege (NPR's All Things Considered)
NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, from Sana'a, Yemen. He's visited the besieged city of Taiz, and describes what he saw there.
Peter Maurer, president of the Intl. Committee of the Red Cross, speaks to Christiane Amanpour from Yemen during his visit to see the devastation first hand.
Stephanie Nebehay writes the ICRC is urging Western and regional powers must use their influence on Yemen's warring parties to end a two-year conflict that has exacerbated a huge cholera epidemic and left the country in ruins.
ICRC decries Yemen’s ‘dire’ health woes (Al Jazeera)
David Chater reports that the ICRC has raised an alarm over Yemen's challenges in the health sector. Peter Maurer, the charity's president, said the overall situation in Yemen was "very dire, and very catastrophic". The two-year war has resulted in the world's worst-ever cholera epidemic, and hospitals are unable to keep up.
ICRC President Visits Besieged Taiz (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Asharq Al-Awsat reports that the ICRC President insisted that further deaths can be prevented, but warring parties must ease restrictions and allow the import of medicines, food and essential supplies and they must show restraint in the way they conduct warfare. With at least 10 families approaching the ICRC every week to report a missing loved one, Maurer will urge all warring parties during his visit to provide unconditional and immediate access to people detained in relation to the conflict.
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