GENEVA – The United Nations warns Yemen is hanging by a thread as more than five years of war have sapped the country of its energy and destroyed its economy and the well-being of its people. The U.N. and Saudi Arabia are hosting a virtual pledging conference to raise $2.4 billion to assist millions of Yemenis. U.N. officials describe the situation in Yemen as catastrophic. They say the country sits atop a pile of seemingly insurmountable problems. Years of conflict have killed hundreds of thousands of people, displaced millions and destroyed Yemen’s economy and infrastructure. The U.N. says four out of five people, or 24 million, need lifesaving aid. Ten million are on the verge of famine, and disease is widespread. Added to this mix is COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says Yemen’s first case of COVID-19, which was reported on April 10, is spreading rapidly throughout the country. “The pandemic poses a terrifying threat to some of the most vulnerable people in the world, weakened by years of conflict, and with a health system that is already on the brink of collapse. Since then, reported cases are in the hundreds and are highly… Read full this story
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