By AFP – May 31,2017 –
The body of a Houthi insurgent is seen on the ground after he was killed during clashes with pro-government fighters near the Republican Palace in the northwestern city of Taez, Yemen, on Monday (Reuters photo)
UNITED NATIONS, United States — Yemen is descending into total collapse, its people facing war, famine and a deadly outbreak of cholera, as the world watches, the UN aid chief said on Tuesday.
Speaking to the UN Security Council, Stephen O’Brien said “the time is now” to end the world’s largest food emergency and put Yemen back on the path to survival.
“Crisis is not coming, it is not looming, it is here today — on our watch and ordinary people are paying the price,” said O’Brien, the UN under secretary general for humanitarian affairs.
“The people of Yemen are being subjected to deprivation, disease and death as the world watches.”
The crisis is spiralling towards “total social, economic and institutional collapse” in the poor Arab country, O’Brien added.
Cholera is spreading
Since late April, a cholera outbreak has killed 500 people while 55,206 Yemenis — one third of them children — are ill, according to UN figures.