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health worker in South Sudan

Health workers are supposed to save lives and health facilities are supposed to be safe places for health and healing. They’re protected by the rules of war, but are still being attacked.

As the number of cholera cases in Yemen reaches half a million, the collapsing health system is struggling to cope. Half of all health facilities in the country are closed, shortages in medicines and supplies are widespread, and 30,000 critical health workers have not been paid salaries in nearly a year.

The six Red Cross volunteers were taking part in a crisis meeting at a health facility in the south east of the Central African Republic on August 3, 2017. The exact circumstances are not yet clear; however, reports indicate that civilians and medical staff may also have been killed.