Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, is in the midst of a massive humanitarian crisis that only continues to deteriorate. Deadly clashes and airstrikes have forced over 2.8 million people to flee their homes since March 2015. As many as 21 million people are in need of life-saving aid, a shocking 82% of the population and 14.4 million people who cannot afford enough food for their families.
A tentative cessation of hostilities has not helped to alleviate suffering for those caught up in conflict. In fact, food prices continue to rise as they have since the beginning of the crisis, while many of the poorest people have lost their incomes and are falling further in to debt.
Oxfam in Yemen
Oxfam has been in Yemen for more than 30 years, working with government authorities, as well as civil society organizations, to improve the water and sanitation services, and livelihoods of thousands of people living in poverty.
The current crisis has pushed millions from their homes and out of work. The ongoing lack of decisive steps towards peace is deepening the cycle of poverty and suffering across the country.
We are delivering aid to people in the north and south of the country and have reached more than 860,000 people with water, food vouchers, hygiene kits and other essential aid.
- Some 14.4 million people are struggling to find enough food; this includes 7.6 million people who are severely food insecure.
- 19.4 million people lack adequate access to clean water or sanitation.
- Access for 14.1 million people to healthcare services is disrupted
- 3 million women and children under five years require malnutrition treatment or preventive services. The UN estimates that more than 2.4 million people are internally displaced. Over 500,000 pregnant women do not have the possibility of giving birth safely.
In Aden, Oxfam helped the Al Dhale’e Local Water and Sanitation Corporation procure equipment to operate the water supply system to Hawtah City (Lahij), which will provide water for 20,000 people.
In Hajjah and Al Hudaydah, Oxfam is providing cash to families to help them buy the essentials they need, now reaching 14,000 people with support. The organisation also provides diesel to keep 23 water schemes running across three districts of Hajjah and Hodeidah.
In Amran, Oxfam is running public health promotion campaigns, rehabilitating a water network and providing food vouchers to 3000 families.
In Taiz city, Oxfam is working with a local organisation to truck clean water to more than 55,000 people. On the outskirts of the city, in Al Hawban camp, the organisation built 100 new latrines and provided food vouchers for 4000 families.
Updated on August 8th 2016