NPR: How Bad Are Things In Yemen? We Asked An Aid Worker Holed Up In A Basement

NPR: How Bad Are Things In Yemen? We Asked An Aid Worker Holed Up In A Basement

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12/5/17

Johan Mooij, CARE Yemen’s country director, spoke to NPR, while sheltering from airstrikes during intensified fighting in the Middle Eastern country. In a vivid interview from his basement, he shared details of the deteriorating humanitarian situation – millions of people depend on food aid that may not arrive due to the escalated fighting – but also gave a glimmer of hope in describing the resilience and generosity of the Yemeni people. An excerpt from the interview: “One of our staff members came to our door and said, "My wife cooked you a meal." And I said, "But you have to look after your family. Don't." But he said, this is what we do, this is our hospitality, this is who we are. It's a confirmation that the Yemeni have a true spirit of sharing.  Read the full story here

Children in Amran, a province in Northern Yemen line up to collect water. Over 19 million people struggle to access clean water and sanitation. CARE is rehabilitating water sources and providing water tanks so women and children do not have to travel long distances to collect water. Credit: Daw Mohammed/CARE

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