The garbage crisis brings anger to the historic Taez of Yemen
TAEZ: Piles of stinky garbage line the streets of Yemen The historic city of Taez, once recognized as one of the most beautiful places in the country, but now shattered by war.
the city in the highlands of southwestern Yemen has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes as well as deadly outbreaks of diseases like cholera, as decaying refuse leaches into waterways.
Yemen, long the poorest country in the Arabian Peninsula, has been mired in conflict since the Iran-aligned Huthi rebels swept into the capital Sanaa in a 2014 offensive, sparking a military intervention by a Saudi-led coalition.
While Taez is controlled by the pro-government forces, it is under siege by the Huthis who control the mountains surrounding the city, from which they have launched repeated bombings.
While all of Yemen has suffered from the war, Taez is particularly hard-hit. Barely any schools are able to function, fresh water is scarce, and it is difficult to bring in supplies including essentials like food.
Caught within the city limits, the more than 600,000 people in Taez are suffering while garbage accumulates, choking roads and canals.
Piles of brightly colored plastic, old tires, boxes and crushed plastic lie in smoking piles or piled up in garbage bins, far from the days as remote as in medieval times when Taez was praised for its beauty and scale.
Cholera, which can kill within hours if left untreated, reappeared in Yemen in April after an initial outbreak in October 2016.
the World Health Organization He said 304 people died of the disease between April 2017 and August 2019 in Taez, with cases that fluctuate from week to week.
El personal de the hospitales en mal estado y mal equipados que siguen funcionando en medio de la violencia continua están en su peor momento, incapaces de hacer frente al creciente número de pacientes.
I was sleeping when, suddenly, I woke up with a severe stomach ache and diarrhea, and my children took me here, said Arwa Hmeid while lying in a bed at the city's general hospital.
" the hospital is full of cholera patients and three women have already died since I've been here," she said.
Cholera, which causes life-threatening diarrhea, is contracted by eating food or water contaminated with bacteria carried in human feces and spreading through poor sanitation and dirty drinking water.
Damage to sewage systems, the electricity grid and piping have left Yemen's water supplies vulnerable to contamination.
Mohammed Mkharesh, deputy director of the general hospital, said the accumulation of garbage in the streets of Taez and other nearby cities has had a direct impact on people's health.
Esto está allanando el camino para el cólera, el dengue y la malaria, dijo a la AFP, y agregó que the hospitales están bajo presión con el aumento de casos y la falta de recursos.
the Yemen conflict, which the United Nations It has been described as the worst humanitarian situation in the world, it has displaced millions and left 24.1 million people, more than two thirds of the population, in need of help.
Mohammed Jassar, el asediado jefe del departamento de saneamiento de Taez, dijo que the funcionarios públicos están haciendo todo lo posible para limpiar la ciudad.
" the department is now working two shifts, one in the morning, and one in the evening... but the garbage keeps piling up and the department lack tools and resources," he said despondently.
Do you also see people who simply throw garbage in the street, even if it is right in front of their house, and then complain about the accumulation of garbage?
He urged the international community to come to the aid of the Yemen i people, saying that only if the city is cleaned will the spread of illnesses decrease.