In some ways, the war in Yemen is ‘the forgotten war’; despite the fact that it has led to the deaths of many thousands–not only through combat, but also through disease. The cholera, malaria, and even polio have infected over a million people in the past year, due in part to the poor sanitation, lack of clean water, movement of people groups, and inadequate nutrition. A weakened body cannot fight disease as readily as a robust one.
Another aspect of this deadly combination is that it presents an opportunity for drug companies to test new vaccines and medicines. Half a million doses of a new cholera vaccine have been dispensed, and new malaria therapeutics are also being trialed. In the meantime, the helpless are dying.
Bottom line: Let’s remember to pray for those in peril.
UN human rights experts believe war crimes may have been committed by all parties to the conflict in Yemen.In their first such report, they allege Yemeni government forces, the Saudi-led coalition backing them, and the rebel Houthi movement have made little effort to minimise civilian casualties.