October 06, 2017

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - 6th October, 2017

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up - Yemen's war has received very little attention from the west's media, yet millions are displaced and dying, many of them children. British photojournalist Giles Clarke recently traveled there and this week Photojournalism Now features some of his pictures and an excerpt from his story published in medium.com

I met Giles at Head On Photo Festival last year. He is one of the most committed, and humble, photojournalists and is deeply connected to the stories he covers. Please share this with your social networks as it is an important story that needs telling.

Giles Clarke - Yemen's Humanitarian Disaster

Six year old Batool, in the Stage 5 severe malnutrition ward (the worst and most life-threatening stage) in Sa’ada City, 23 April 2017.

Giles Clarke: "Batool’s family lives in a village near the Saudi border, in the northern part of Yemen. The entire family has taken to sleeping in makeshift foxholes in the desert to hide from the air strikes. When I met her, Batool had a pouch around her arm — a local potion that is wrapped in small bags and put on children’s arms to ward off the snakes and scorpions that come into the foxholes overnight.

The doctor explained that the hospital recently lost its main funding source and Government funds dried up months ago. It was a desperately sad situation for everyone there: Batool, her mother, the other children and their families, and the staff. Batool initially recovered from malnutrition with treatment, but she later died of acute watery diarrhoea. This news hits hard, and is yet a tragic example of the multiple risks facing Yemenis as a result of the conflict."

Abs IDP settlement, 6 May 2017

Above: A sandstorm approaches as residents of the Abs settlement for displaced persons collect water. 
Water is heavily rationed and only available during one-hour windows, three times a day.

Even in the midst of destruction life goes on. 



Garbage piles up on the streets of Sana'a Old City 7 May, 2017

"My last day in Yemen was spent in Sana’a’s Al-Joumhouri Hospital, where the staff were frantically planning for the new cholera cases that had started flooding in. There were new suspected cases on gurneys in the corridors, while more urgent patients were being wheeled into already packed wards. We were shown the medical supply room in the basement, where a wall of boxes of saline and crates of bed covers were being ripped open for immediate use. Unbeknownst to me, this was the beginning of the largest global cholera outbreak in recent history."

(pictures above Sana’a’s Al-Joumhouri Hospital)

All images (C) Giles Clarke

To read the full story and see more images see medium.com

Giles Clarke is a Getty Images Reportage photographer who focuses on conflict aftermath and international humanitarian issues. To find out more about his work, click here

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