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19.6.17

June 12, 2017:

      Yemen: there have been over 700 deaths from the cholera epidemic so far. According to Medecins sans Frontieres "Cholera can be treated simply and successfully by immediately replacing the fluids and salts lost through vomiting and diarrhea — with prompt rehydration, less than one per cent of cholera patients die." There is an upsetting coincidence of cholera epidemics in countries out of favour with their former colonial rulers or NATO policies of control. In Haiti, the 2010 cholera outbreak killed at least 7000 which rose to 9000 by 2015 with over 700,000 afflicted. In Zimbabwe the 2008 cholera outbreak reached an estimated 60,000 cases by 2009 with 600 fatalities (Oxfam), and spread to neighbouring countries. Zimbabwe's Minister of the Interior accused the British of bio-chemical warfare. Somalia is currently undergoing a cholera epidemic which has killed 600 so far this year. The Erdogan government of Turkey has just sent 24 tons of medical supplies. The region of Yemen, South Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia has suffered drought since 2016 so the water is bad and over 11 million people face starvation. In Yemen the war places over half the population at risk of starvation and needing humanitarian assistance. A UN report says only 30% of required medical assistance is being delivered (withholding of medical supplies was also evident in the cholera epidemic of Haiti). Yemen's population is being gradually destroyed by extreme poverty, war, famine, and cholera. A genocide warning for the people of Yemen, continues.    Partial sources online: "Turkey sends aid to cholera victims in Somalia," Duygu Yener, June 6, 2017, Anadolu Agency; "Cholera plagues famine-stricken East Africa: Aid group," Magdalene Mukami, June 6, 2016, Anadolu Agency; "Cholera cases in Yemen pass 100,000: WHO," Thomson Reuters, June 08, 2017, CBC News; "How the UN Covered Up a Cholera Epidemic in Zimbabwe," Armin Rosen, April 3, 2013, The Atlantic; "2010 Haiti cholera outbreak," current, Wikipedia.
 - J.B.Gerald, Gerald and Maas nightslantern.ca


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