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Hunger, disease and fear in Yemen

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 01:09

After three months of conflict, Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the world, is now in the grip of a humanitarian disaster. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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After three months of civil war, an economic siege and a Saudi-led air campaign -- Yemen is torn apart. It was already one of the poorest country's in the world. Hospital are packed -- and they struggle to just keep going. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DEPUTY HEAD OF AL-THAWRAH HOSPITAL, DR. ABDELLATIF ABU TALEB, SAYING: "We are now functioning at a 40 percent capacity. If the siege continues and the air strikes and aggression continue against the Yemeni people, medical facilities and other vital institutions -- this will drop to 20 percent, and then to 10 percent. And then, the hospitals will close their doors to patients." The crisis comes after a Houthi advance in the country prompted an alliance of Saudi-led Arab states to launch a bombing campaign in a bid to restore the elected president. Three thousand people have died in the conflict. Many more have been injured -- some with wounds that will last a lifetime -- others who have known little but war in their life -- facing a future with few signs of peace.

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Hunger, disease and fear in Yemen

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 01:09