Yemen: People wait their turn to take share of the water for their families - Oxfam has provided water tanks and clean drinking water for the displaced.

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 3.1 million people to flee their homes since March 2015. As many as 21 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, a shocking 82% of the population, and 14.1 million people cannot afford enough food for their families.

Peace talks and a partially observed cessation of hostilities are at an end since early August, with airstrikes and ground fighting on the rise yet again. 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.

Emergency response

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 913,000 people with clean water, food vouchers, cash transfer, hygiene kits and other essential aid, across the frontlines, in both the north and south of the country since July 2015.

  •  14.1 million people, more than half of the population, are suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition, including 7.1 million living under emergency levels of food insecurity.
  •  19.4 million people lack adequate access to clean water or sanitation.
  •  3 million women and children under five years require malnutrition treatment or preventive services.

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.

A cholera outbreak in October 2016 has put 7.6 million people at risk. In response Oxfam has been coordinating with relevant INGOs, and already reached more than 330,000 beneficiaries in the region.

Updated on 2 December 2016