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Meet a Yemeni Doctor Living at the Hospital Where He Works | Yemen's COVID Cover-Up

09 Feb 2021
He's gone months treating COVID patients without pay. Dr. Tariq Qassem’s story sheds light on the multilayered humanitarian crisis in Yemen, including the impact of U.S. aid cuts, the Saudi blockade and Houthi non-payment of doctors.

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“Lack of oxygen caused most of the deaths,” Qassem tells correspondent Nawal Al-Maghafi. “If we’d had more oxygen, there’d have been fewer deaths.”

Al-Maghafi, a Yemen-born reporter for BBC News Arabic, traveled to the Houthi-controlled north of her home country in July of 2020 to investigate how the coronavirus pandemic was worsening what's been called the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. The first journalist from an international broadcaster to be allowed into Yemen since the pandemic began, al-Maghafi uncovered evidence of a far higher death toll than Houthi authorities were admitting, and spoke with doctors and nurses like Qassem who have tried to save lives.

Maghafi's findings unfold in full in "Yemen's COVID Cover-Up." Watch the documentary starting Tues., Feb. 9, 2021:


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