As of Saturday,22nd July there are 384,719 suspected cases of Cholera and nearly 2000 associated deaths. Even more alarming, 600,000 people in Yemen are predicted to fall ill with cholera by the end of the year. That’s 1 in every 45 Yemenis.

The Irish Red Cross continues to support the response, in trying to stem the rapid spread of cholera and recently provided funds to support thousands of vulnerable people with urgent medical supplies.   

To DONATE to the Irish Red Cross work in Yemen, click: DONATE  HERE

Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee visited Yemen recently and said, “The great tragedy is that this cholera outbreak is a preventable, man-made humanitarian catastrophe. It is a direct consequence of a conflict that has devastated civilian infrastructure and brought the whole health system to its knees” 

This footage was shot in the frontline city of Taiz. It shows the garbage accumulation in the street of Taiz city. Currently, work is underway to collect the garbage. Irish Red Cross delegate, Ciaran Cierans has been working with the ICRC in Yemen since October 2016.  A seasoned aid worker of 12 years, Limerick man, Ciaran says the situation in Yemen is one of the ‘most challenging’ he has ever experienced. I am currently based in a city called Taiz, in southwestern Yemen. Taiz is under siege and the shelling is constant. Nothing can get in or out.

There are two Irish Red Cross specialists deployed to Yemen in response to the ongoing crisis. To date, The Irish Red Cross has committed €25,000 to help in the fight against a major cholera outbreak in Yemen. Despite the work of Irish Red Cross in Yemen, donations are still urgently needed.

In this city ( Taiz) of half a million people, we have to identify the most vulnerable families to help first. Prioritising families with disabled family members, vulnerable households with more than five family members, households with no source of income. The problem in Taiz is that every single person is vulnerable, nobody is earning an income, there is no source of income in the city and now cholera is ravaging the country too.

To DONATE to the Irish Red Cross work in Yemen, click, DONATE HERE