Luke 21:11b …and in various places famines and pestilences. -Jesus
Jeremiah 24:10 ‘I will send the sword, the famine and the pestilence upon them until they are destroyed from the land which I gave to them and their forefathers.’”
This is the cycle of war. The prophet Jeremiah described the cycle approximately 2,600 years ago. It was true then and it is true today in 2017. Pestilence and disease go hand in hand as consequences of war. Yemen is a country of 27 million people on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. The civil war in Yemen continues to provide a real world example. Sunni and Shia Muslims continues to fight for control of the country.
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Cholera is the result of poor sanitation, untreated water and food, and dysentery. Cholera is a vicious cycle of disease that spreads easily and quickly among the masses. Signs and symptoms of cholera include: severe vomiting, nausea, diarrhea which leads to dehydration, cramps, seizures, coma, and potentially death.
September 29, 2017: The latest numbers out of Yemen indicate 750,000 people have been afflicted with Cholera. 276,000 were infected as of July 2017. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) estimates the number could reach 1,000,000 by the end of the year. Per the World Health Organization, on average there are 143,000 deaths per year around the world. What is happening in Yemen is staggering.
Supply lines for food and medicine continue to be affected by the fighting. As a result, medical care and food remain in short supply. Health care workers are now receiving food portions for pay. Previously, health care workers were receiving nothing in the form of compensation.
Alexandre Faite, the head of the Red Cross in Yemen has made the following statements.
“I don’t think political settlement is coming soon and I’m very worried that the extension of the conflict would lead to more problems.”
“(The) health sector is really on its knees in Yemen…the health staff is on its knees as well because they are not paid.”
“In terms of access to even water, electricity, there isn’t a power grid in the main cities in Yemen. Without the ICRC and other organizations fixing (pumping stations) there wouldn’t be any running water in Sanaa.”
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