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The number of Yemenis with cholera has reached 1 million

A woman holds her baby, who is being tested for a cholera infection at a makeshift hospital in Yemen's capital. Photo: Mohammed Huwais / Getty Images

The International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed Thursday that the cases of cholera in Yemen have reached 1 million. In four months, more than 2,000 have died from the disease, and it is now the largest cholera outbreak in history, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The crisis in Yemen — a country engaged in civil war — has largely been ignored, and Yemen's citizens are dying in devastating numbers from disease, famine and war.