The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, spent this week meeting people in war-torn Yemen. He has released the following statement calling on all parties to the conflict to take steps now to alleviate the dire situation.
I am leaving Yemen profoundly concerned for the plight of its people. The cholera outbreak remains alarming.
With the rainy season approaching, we expect more than 600,000 cases by the end of the year. This is unprecedented.
This outbreak is manmade. It is a direct consequence of more than two years of warfare. The health-care system has collapsed, with people dying from easily-treatable chronic diseases.
Key services like garbage disposal have ceased to function, as I saw all too clearly in Taiz.