Aid Coffers Running Dry as Cases Rise

As countries remain preoccupied with their COVID-19 responses, aid is approaching a “fiscal cliff” in Yemen—which was facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis well before the pandemic, NPR reports.
 
UN agencies have issued an urgent call to donors as rival health ministries in Aden and Sana’a accuse one another of lying about the disease’s toll, Science reports.
 
Without urgent support, “The world will have to witness what happens in a country without a functioning health system battling COVID-19. I don’t think we’ll want to see that,” warns Jens Laerke of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
 
Models have predicted 30,000 to 40,000 deaths—but without replenished aid coffers, the toll is sure to be much worse in Yemen, home to 3.6 million internally displaced people.
 
Meanwhile in Sudan, there are also grave concerns for El Fasher—North Darfur's capital city and home to 200,000+ displaced people—as activist groups track an alarming rise in at-home deaths, The Guardian reports.
 

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