In Yemen, more than three years of war have left millions of people without enough income to meet their basic needs. The deterioration of living conditions, collapse of services, trade and livelihoods are having tangible and devastating effects on the population. Niamh O’Brien is an Irish doctor who has recently returned from Al Houban, near the city of Taiz, where she worked in a mother and child hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
War in Yemen
One morning I was in the women's ward when Ahmed, 13, came to see his sister Aisha, 11*. They had escaped death a few days before and had not seen each other since. They fell in each other’s arms and started crying. And I remember the whole staff and all the women present couldn’t hold back their tears. We knew their story and it was terrible.
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We have been receiving mostly women from Khamer town or places nearby. The most complicated pregnancies we used to receive are from faraway districts where women do not enjoy good health due to poor nutrition. We do not see many of them nowadays as they cannot afford the high prices of transportation.
These women and their families are the poorest in the area. Above all, they do not have other health facilities around. Many women are now delivering at home with unskilled attendants, which puts them in danger if they have complications or if they need a C-Section.