Bombed bin trucks, breeding bacteria, dirty water: Yemen’s cholera explosion

Red Cross worker Choung-Kyu Ryu describes the devastation being caused by the two-year long conflict in Yemen, where one in 62 now has cholera

The first time I laid eyes on the Yemeni town of Taiz, I was taken aback by the festive colours on display. The sun was shining down through the Christmas trees that lined the streets of the city once considered Yemen’s cultural capital. It looked kind of pretty.

Then I stared a little closer and I realised what I was looking at. The wind had whipped up plastic bags of different colours from the vast piles of rubbish throughout the city. They had become stuck in the trees and decorated the pavements. Whatever festive joy I had felt quickly evaporated.

The rubbish is piling up because the bin lorries have been damaged by shelling.

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We do our jobs as humanitarian workers, but I believe in the power of people.

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