the hague - The Red Cross opens Wednesday giron number 6868 because of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. In the country since May, 27 people have died on cholera on average. 'There is a drama happening there,' said a spokesman for the Dutch branch of the relief organization.
The International Red Cross (ICRC) expects 600,000 Yemen suffered from cholera by the end of this year. In the country, 1850 people have already succumbed to the disease, which can be tackled by the continuing civil war. The relief organization talks about 'the biggest cholera outbreak in today's history. '
Due to the conflict, sewage networks and water treatment stations have been destroyed or lost and, according to the ICRC, only 45 percent of the medical facilities are operational. The aid organization therefore wants to raise funds for clean drinking water, medicine and medical care.