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23 May 19
Elma WongElma WongBritishAnaesthetistYemen

Yemen podcast: "A devastating, unjust violence"

Yemen is in the grip of war. It is also one of the poorest countries in the world.  

British anaesthetist Dr Elma Wong has recently returned from her fourth assignment working in the country with MSF. 

In this episode of Everyday Emergency, we talk to Elma about her time in Mocha, a town on the west coast of Yemen.  It sits around halfway between the port cities of Hodeidah to the north and Aden to the south, and our emergency medical centre is the only one of its kind in this part of Yemen. 

In early 2018, fighting intensified along the frontline between the cities of Taiz and Hodeidah in the west of Yemen.  

To prevent ground troops advancing, thousands of mines and improvised explosive devices were planted across the region’s roads and fields. 

The main victims of these lethal hazards have been ordinary Yemenis, many of whom have been killed or maimed for life after unwittingly stepping on an explosive device. 

Find our more about our work in Yemen