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Yemen: "What struck me was how poor people were"
Interview with Hakim Khaldi, former project coordinator in Hodeidah, Yemen
Since a ceasefire was signed at the end of December 2018, the airstrikes have stopped but there’s still fighting, especially at night, between Ansar Allah troops and forces supported by the Saudi and Emirati-led coalition (SELC) - mostly mortar fire and exchanges of gunfire. Stray bullets have landed on the roof of MSF hospital and office. Fighting is ongoing in Hodeidah governorate, particularly in the south. MSF teams admit war-wounded patients who have to travel up to six hours by road to get treatment at Al Salakhana hospital. Between October 2018 and February 2019, 535 surgical procedures and over 4,000 consultations were provided in Al Salakhana hospital. Poverty is rife in the city and throughout the country. One of the major problems remains inflation, which adds to the difficulty the state has had paying public employees and which prevents people to buy very expensive basic commodities.
Hakim Khaldi, former project coordinator in Hodeidah, focuses on the situation inside the city since a ceasefire was signed in December 2018. In this interview, Hakim underlines the pauperization of Hodeidah inhabitants and the medical needs that our teams are observing at Al Salakhana hospital.