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Cranes Go Beyond Construction: To many, the word “crane” evokes images of construction projects  —  or of the elegant long-necked, long-legged birds that look so graceful when they fly. But in Yemen, cranes are also a critical tool that’s helping us save lives.

In Yemen, people are facing both the world’s largest food crisis and the worst cholera outbreak. More than 22 million people are in need of humanitarian aid. Yemenis rely on imports for almost all of their basic needs, including food and medicine, and much of these imports arrive on ships.

To accelerate the offloading of critical supplies in Yemen, USAID has taken the extraordinary step of supporting our partner the UN World Food Program to purchase four mobile cranes. Facilitating their “migration” over 1,850 miles of land and sea turned out to be a major operation.

Our logistics expert Gurmeet Philora was on the ground and gives us a unique, behind-the-scenes look.

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Cranes Go Beyond Construction: To many, the word “crane” evokes images of construction projects  —  or of the elegant long-necked, long-legged birds that look so graceful when they fly. But in Yemen, cranes are also a critical tool that’s helping us save lives.In Yemen, people are facing both the world’s largest food crisis and the worst cholera outbreak. More than 22 million people are in need of humanitarian aid. Yemenis rely on imports for almost all of their basic needs, including food and medicine, and much of these imports arrive on ships.To accelerate the offloading of critical supplies in Yemen, USAID has taken the extraordinary step of supporting our partner the UN World Food Program to purchase four mobile cranes. Facilitating their “migration” over 1,850 miles of land and sea turned out to be a major operation.Our logistics expert Gurmeet Philora was on the ground and gives us a unique, behind-the-scenes look