This Week in Restoring Family Links

By Nassim Touil, Social Media Intern, National American Red Cross Headquarters

Yemen: Yemen is currently considered the largest single humanitarian crisis in the world. More than 18 million people are currently reliant on aid with more than 300,000 suspected to be infected with cholera. Cholera can be prevented by providing clean water, encouraging proper hand-washing, and surveillance, however this is difficult in Yemen. With only 45 percent of hospitals in Yemen actually functional, that clean water is a luxury that many people do not have access to. This plays a large role in the continuation of the outbreak. These sanitation factors compounded with the destabilization in the region due to years of conflict between pro-government forces and the rebel Houthi movement result in a country where about 70 percent of the population is dependent on humanitarian aid.

Mosul: Mosul, Iraq was recently liberated by the Iraqi government from IS but while this may be a momentary win, the civilians in this area are still unsafe. Those stuck inside the city lack access to food, water, and medical care. IS’s hold on the region may be nearing an end but the humanitarian crisis is not. Children are malnourished and dehydrated due to the lack of affordable food and water in the region. Current estimates place close to a million people who have fled their homes since the military operation was launched in October of 2016. Some 700,000 Mosul residents are currently displaced and living in Iraq’s humanitarian camps. 38 out of 54 of Mosul’s residential neighborhoods are currently uninhabitable, due to damage caused during the fight for the city.