Fighting in southern Yemen displaces 45,000 people

Women and children caught up in the northern Yemen conflict are particularly vulnerable to trauma.

Humanitarian agencies estimate that roughly 45,000 people have been displaced in southern Yemen as fighting continues there between the army and suspected Al-Qaeda militants.

The International Organization for Migration or IOM has been evacuating Ethiopian migrants.

It estimates 1,900 are stranded near Yemen’s border with Saudi Arabia, living in desperate conditions.

Jean-Philippe Chauzy is from IOM.

"A first group of 275 Ethiopians were treated for gunshot wounds and two cases requiring psychological assistance were taken from Haradh to Hodeidah on Yemen's Red Sea coast and were than flown to Addis Ababa on 20 June on an IOM chartered flight."

Both the UN Children's Fund and the World Health Organization say they are concerned about deteriorating medical services in southern Yemen including a lack of vaccine facilities for children and a very large outbreak of diarrhea.

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