Worst Cholera Outbreak in the World Result of KSA’s War in Yemen

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By Brandon Turbeville

Saudi Arabia’s war of aggression in Yemen has brought yet a new weapon to bear against the Yemeni people: cholera.

With the relentless bombing, the targeting of civilians and civilian areas, the destruction of infrastructure and an embargo on food and medicine, conditions are ripe for disease.

The spread of cholera is worse in areas controlled by the Hutis. This is because these are the areas that under aerial bombardment and blockade.

In fact 77.7% of cholera cases and 80.7% of deaths from cholera occur in Huti controlled areas.

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Researchers Jonathan Kennedy, Andrew Harmer, and David McCoy from Queen Mary University of London recently published an article in the Lancet Global Health where they addressed what has been deemed the worst cholera outbreak in the world.

“Both sides have been accused of disregarding the wellbeing of civilians and breaching international humanitarian law,” the researchers say. “But the government and Saudi-led coalition that supports it command far greater resources. As a result, Houthi-controlled areas have been disproportionately affected by the conflict, which has created conditions conducive to the spread of cholera.”

Kennedy, Harmer and McCoy also write:

Saudi-led airstrikes have destroyed vital infrastructure, including hospitals and public water systems, hit civilian areas, and displaced people into crowded and insanitary conditions. A Saudi-enforced blockade of imports has caused shortages of, among other things, food, medical supplies, fuel and chlorine, and restricted humanitarian access.

As the Saudi-led coalition has played a key role in the collapse of health, water, and sanitation systems in rebel-controlled areas, it is bizarre that UNICEF recently published a press release welcoming Saudi Arabian ‘generosity’ after the Kingdom donated US$67 million to the cholera response in Yemen.

Kennedy also discussed the role of the United States and Britain in the crisis. After all, the United States is providing large amounts of military equipment, intelligence and logistics in addition to directly bombing Yemen itself.

Kennedy wrote:

Saudi Arabia is an ally of the UK and USA. American and British companies supply Saudi Arabia with huge amounts of military equipment and their armed forces provide logistical support and intelligence. This backing has made the Saudi-led airstrikes and blockade possible, and therefore the UK and USA have played a crucial role in creating conditions conducive to the spread of cholera.

The cholera outbreak in Yemen can be attributed directly to Saudi Arabia’s war crimes and America’s support of it.

After having campaigned on a platform that would get tough on Saudi Arabia, the U.S. President has completely backtracked and is instead sucking up to the futile monarchs in control of one of the most brutal nations on the face of the earth.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia finds itself on United Nations Human Rights Council and is impervious to criticism by the Untied Nations due to the money it shovels in the pockets of corrupt U.N. officials and U.N. organizations.

Image:  Ryan Somma & Ahron de Leeuw

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brandonBrandon Turbeville – article archive here – is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom7 Real Conspiracies,Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria,and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 1,000 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.

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