24September2017

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VARIOUS CRISIS IN YEMEN

For this year alone it is estimated that more than half a million people are affected by  Cholera in Yemen. Meanwhile around 2000 people have died since the outbreak of the case in April. The World Health Organization (WHO) published a report on this in Geneva Switzerland, on Monday (14/8). The organization also warned, if not addressed, this number can be bigger. What's more, Yemen, since the last two years has continued to be hit by armed conflict, which resulted in damage to health supporting infrastructure such as sanitation and clean water. This situation has made millions of Yemenis have difficulty obtaining clean water.

Cholera disease can easily spread because of the consumption of food and water contaminated with human waste. Cholera can end human life in just a matter of hours if not properly  handled. The problem in Yemen meanwhile, in addition to the threat of Cholera, is the fact that  the population is also facing a food crisis.

This cholera outbreak also can not be immediately eradicated, because about 30 thousand health workers in Yemen, have not received  their salary for a year. Not to mention  the lack of medication to treat the patient. WHO Director-General Adhanon Ghebreyesus said on Monday that Yemeni health workers are working in near impossible conditions.

WHO and several other humanitarian agencies have been  working hard  by establishing cholera care clinics, rehabilitating health facilities, and supplying medical needs. The result is 99 percent of people who were able to  get access to the health facilities  could  still be saved.

The problem facing Yemen is not just about health. By 2015 almost half the Yemeni population lived below the poverty line with 2/3 of youth  not working. Nearly 16 million people need humanitarian assistance. Another issue is the armed conflict between the supporters of President Mansour Hadi and the Houthi rebels, who have not yet ended. According to UN records, more than 5,000 people were killed and 13,000 people were affected, from March 2015 to March this year.

This is the time for the world to help Yemen in trouble. If only pay attention to the political aspects, then the Yemeni population will increasingly sink in the crisis. The role of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is also expected to help resolve the multidimensional crisis in Yemen. Indonesia as a member can encourage OIC to solve the problems in the Arabian Peninsula. It is not fitting as human beings,  to let others who are in  desperate situations, not only in Yemen but also in other parts of the Earth, slumped helplessly.

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