Aymen receives treatment at a private hospital in the Jordanian capital Amman, following a United Nations medical evacuation from Sanaa. Agence France-Presse
Mohammed Hussein looks sadly at his wife as she lies in bed in a Jordanian hospital where she is being treated for cancer — far from the devastating war back home in Yemen.
Dawla, too sick to talk, is one of a handful of critically ill Yemenis transported by the United Nations from the rebel-held capital Sanaa to Jordan for treatment.
A year and half ago, Yemeni doctors diagnosed the 40-year-old with thyroid cancer.
Hospital director Hani Al Kurdi said the facility was treating 19 Yemeni patients, including seven children, for “heart and kidney disease, cancer, birth defects” and other disorders.
“Most of them need surgery because they have not received proper medical treatment in the past, which has complicated their cases,” he said.
WHO spokeswoman Inas Humam said the organisation was covering the costs of their medical treatment, transport and accommodation.
“These are innocent Yemenis, they don’t deserve to suffer because of what is happening in Yemen and because of the war,” she said.
“It’s our duty, as WHO and UN and as an international community, to make sure that they get the lifesaving care that they need until a political solution to the crisis is found. “This is their one and only hope of survival.”
Nadia, from Amran province north of the capital, held the hands of her two daughters, five-year-old Manal and Maria, two.
Manal is due for an operation on her right arm, which she has been unable to move since birth.
“The hospitals back home have been destroyed because of the war,” the mother said. “There are hardly any doctors and barely any medicines. “But this trip has given us a little bit of hope.”
Many of the country’s hospitals have been damaged or destroyed.
Last year, dozens of injured Yemenis completed treatment in Indian hospitals at the expense of the United Arab Emirates.
The humanitarian gesture was in implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the follow-up of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
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The move is part of the UAE's constant efforts to ease the suffering of Yemeni people, stand with them in their difficult times, improve their humanitarian conditions and support them against the crimes committed by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias.
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