‘Unprecedented’ Cholera Outbreak Strikes Yemen
As if civil war wasn’t enough. Since April, some 400,000 people in Yemen have contracted cholera — the worst outbreak in history — and 40 percent are younger than 15. Nearly 2,000 people have died of the disease, while Yemen’s two-year civil war has caused a breakdown in basic services and the closure of half the country’s hospitals. Earlier this month, the U.N. suspended a program to send a million doses of cholera vaccine, citing the difficulty of delivering to a war zone, and global leaders are urging the U.N. to broker peace.