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Surgeons start work amid Yemen violence

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10 April 2015

Surgeons in an operating theatre

A Red Cross surgery team has begun work in conflict-hit Yemen, treating patients including an 8-year-old boy.

The four-person team arrived in the city of Aden by boat yesterday. Team member Ana Lufinha said: “I feel that as a doctor I must help people if I can."

The Red Cross is one of only a handful of aid organisations working in Yemen, where violence has killed hundreds of people in the last few weeks.

Today a Red Cross cargo plane carrying 16 tonnes of aid including medicines, bandages and surgical equipment landed in the capital Sana’a.

Hospitals in Yemen are stretched to breaking point. Red Cross teams are helping to treat the wounded and bury the dead.

Across the country, millions of people are in need of essential help, including food and health care. Hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee their homes.

 

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